Petition launched to stop Syrian chemicals disposal in Ellesmere Port

Wirral Globe: Veolia Environmental Services plant in Bridges Road Veolia Environmental Services plant in Bridges Road

A PETITION has been launched to stop 150 tonnes of Syria’s chemical weapons from being incinerated in Ellesmere Port.

More than 350 people have signed the petition since it was set up three days ago, calling on the Ministry of Defence to rethink their decision after it was announced that the industrial-grade chemicals from Syria’s weapons stockpile was to be destroyed by Veolia Environmental Services in Bridges Road.

The petition, set up by Hayden Kibble, says: “The Ministry of Defence and Veolia have kept the details of the deal quiet and no information has been released regarding the level of risk to public safety or the damaging effect the pollution that the destruction of these toxic chemicals will have on the environment.”

It adds that “transporting and destroying such a huge amount of dangerous chemicals carries a very high risk” and that the effect of an accident on the local population could be “devastating”.

It adds: “Burning 150 tonnes of dangerous chemicals will almost certainly release a vast amount of smoke into the environment. The local population could suffer adverse effects for years to come.

“We must act now to protect our community and show the Ministry of Defence that we will not allow our area to be used as a toxic dumping ground.”

The petition also calls on the MoD to consider choosing an alternative location.

A Veolia company spokesman told the Globe last week that the substances – known as B precursors - are routinely used in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK and are “similar in nature” to standard industrial materials “safely processed on a regular basis” at Ellesmere Port.

Foreign Secretary William Hague has apologised to the people of Ellesmere Port and Neston after failing to inform them about the disposal of the chemicals – which are heading to the UK after Syrian President Assad agreed to dismantle his regime’s weapons stockpile in September.

The Foreign Office has assured people that the chemicals would only become toxic if mixed with A precursors. These are being removed from Syria separately.

The disposal process is due to take place at the end of February.

To sign the petition, click here.

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6:21pm Wed 22 Jan 14

spamfiend says...

Does Veolia now need to get permission to destroy anything else at his facility now?? This is what the facility does - it gets rid of dangerous chemicals every day of the week and this is no different.

I won't use the NIMBY in a paraphrase here but this could have far reaching effects if stopped as the MOD won't use this site and many other companies may follow suit if the stoppage goes ahead.

Shell, ICI, Octel and all the other chemical plants up the Port and towards Runcorn have been pumping stuff into the air for decades now but this one event is deemed to be in the public interest - I don't think so
Does Veolia now need to get permission to destroy anything else at his facility now?? This is what the facility does - it gets rid of dangerous chemicals every day of the week and this is no different. I won't use the NIMBY in a paraphrase here but this could have far reaching effects if stopped as the MOD won't use this site and many other companies may follow suit if the stoppage goes ahead. Shell, ICI, Octel and all the other chemical plants up the Port and towards Runcorn have been pumping stuff into the air for decades now but this one event is deemed to be in the public interest - I don't think so spamfiend
  • Score: 8

7:36pm Wed 22 Jan 14

spamfiend says...

As a resident of Wirral, surely it is better for these horrendous chemicals to be destroyed at a safe facility using the latest and safest methods as opposed to their original planned usage on other human beings with the maximum use to be to remove life
As a resident of Wirral, surely it is better for these horrendous chemicals to be destroyed at a safe facility using the latest and safest methods as opposed to their original planned usage on other human beings with the maximum use to be to remove life spamfiend
  • Score: 10

9:47pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Jack Boot says...

I've just checked out this petition and its just reached 250, so the 350 discussed in this article is about 45% too high, so well done to the Globe for this bit of journalism.

This plant is licensed to do this type of work so I dont see the problem, some of the petitioners do make an ironic comment that these chemicals should be destroyed in the country they were made, Syria (sic), so they've probably come home
I've just checked out this petition and its just reached 250, so the 350 discussed in this article is about 45% too high, so well done to the Globe for this bit of journalism. This plant is licensed to do this type of work so I dont see the problem, some of the petitioners do make an ironic comment that these chemicals should be destroyed in the country they were made, Syria (sic), so they've probably come home Jack Boot
  • Score: 7

8:32am Thu 23 Jan 14

JohnON says...

Ask the petitioners what the potential environmental impact of the chemicals processed last month was and they wouldn't have a clue.

This petition is obviously based on emotion rather than common sense and could open the floodgates for every consignment destined for the plant to be open for public debate, which would effectively make the plant unworkable.
Ask the petitioners what the potential environmental impact of the chemicals processed last month was and they wouldn't have a clue. This petition is obviously based on emotion rather than common sense and could open the floodgates for every consignment destined for the plant to be open for public debate, which would effectively make the plant unworkable. JohnON
  • Score: 6

7:32am Fri 24 Jan 14

uncatom says...

If any thing were to go wrong, there would be uproar, we weren't told about this or that no one said this would happen etc, you have the opportunity to speak out, later is too late the damage is done.
If any thing were to go wrong, there would be uproar, we weren't told about this or that no one said this would happen etc, you have the opportunity to speak out, later is too late the damage is done. uncatom
  • Score: -1

9:37am Fri 24 Jan 14

uncatom says...

I see Canada is banning the sale of Irn Bru and Marmite and various other types of food food and drink, because they contain harmful additives, hmm makes one think doesn't it? they must be safe mus'nt they? because they sell them here have done for years, I mean they wouldn't sell us harmful goods would they? condemned meat, infected cattle meat, Thalidomide, harmful emissions, no every thing is checked, they wouldn't be allowed too , would they?
I see Canada is banning the sale of Irn Bru and Marmite and various other types of food food and drink, because they contain harmful additives, hmm makes one think doesn't it? they must be safe mus'nt they? because they sell them here have done for years, I mean they wouldn't sell us harmful goods would they? condemned meat, infected cattle meat, Thalidomide, harmful emissions, no every thing is checked, they wouldn't be allowed too , would they? uncatom
  • Score: 4

3:59pm Fri 24 Jan 14

benny07 says...

WHY THE NORTH WEST WHEN THERE ARE FACILITIES IN LONDON PLYMOUTH PORTSMOUTH,BRISTOL, & DEVON JUST TO MENTION A FEW,& AT A GUESS IT WILL COME TO THE UK BY SHIP,SO I ASK AGAIN WHY US UP IN THE NORTHWEST ???
WHY THE NORTH WEST WHEN THERE ARE FACILITIES IN LONDON PLYMOUTH PORTSMOUTH,BRISTOL, & DEVON JUST TO MENTION A FEW,& AT A GUESS IT WILL COME TO THE UK BY SHIP,SO I ASK AGAIN WHY US UP IN THE NORTHWEST ??? benny07
  • Score: 4

8:27pm Fri 24 Jan 14

spamfiend says...

benny07 wrote:
WHY THE NORTH WEST WHEN THERE ARE FACILITIES IN LONDON PLYMOUTH PORTSMOUTH,BRISTOL, & DEVON JUST TO MENTION A FEW,& AT A GUESS IT WILL COME TO THE UK BY SHIP,SO I ASK AGAIN WHY US UP IN THE NORTHWEST ???
the reason it is coming to the Port, is because we have the best facility, with the best staff and the best knowledge of how to do the job properly. Why can't we simply accept that this site has been doing this sort of thing for a long time now (safely) and be proud of the fact that because of this site and it's staff, the chemicals which would have been used to kill people in Syria are going off the face of the planet for ever!!!
[quote][p][bold]benny07[/bold] wrote: WHY THE NORTH WEST WHEN THERE ARE FACILITIES IN LONDON PLYMOUTH PORTSMOUTH,BRISTOL, & DEVON JUST TO MENTION A FEW,& AT A GUESS IT WILL COME TO THE UK BY SHIP,SO I ASK AGAIN WHY US UP IN THE NORTHWEST ???[/p][/quote]the reason it is coming to the Port, is because we have the best facility, with the best staff and the best knowledge of how to do the job properly. Why can't we simply accept that this site has been doing this sort of thing for a long time now (safely) and be proud of the fact that because of this site and it's staff, the chemicals which would have been used to kill people in Syria are going off the face of the planet for ever!!! spamfiend
  • Score: -2

7:11pm Sat 25 Jan 14

uncatom says...

Sounds like a bit of self interest is involved with some.
Sounds like a bit of self interest is involved with some. uncatom
  • Score: 2

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