Traduction en anglais : Health risks from emissions of waste incineration plant.
The aim of the this politically motivated paper is to dramatically increase the present number of 49 waste incinerators in Germany.
It is our duty to warn of this intention.
Health problems are known to exist both in workers at waste incinerators and in humans living in their vicinity.
Furthermore, in the long run negative impact also to ecosystems should be expected from the emissions.
Health problems in patients living downwind of waste incinerators repeadly have been reported on by physicians. « Lack of statistical significance », often used as counterargument, is only due to absence of funding of comprehensive epidemiological studies in Germany.
Analyses of soil samples reveal the pollution from waste incineration.
Limit values continuously have to be adjusted to the progress of scientific knowledge.
In this respect it is imperative to consider that the acutal composition of emissions is unknown ; isolated risk assessment of single compounds underestimates the total risk ; the negative impact, e.g. of dioxins, on both the immune and hormone systems occurs at concentrations 100 times lower than those causing carcinogenic effects ; the assumption of « threshold values » is obsolete ; a considerable lack of knowledge exists about accumulation in food webs and in ecosystems ; the demand of preservation of natural, geogenic situations is indispensable in assessments of soil and water pollution.
Mots-clés Pascal : Usine incinération, Déchet, Pollution, Impact environnement, Toxicité, Homme, Risque, Santé et environnement, Allemagne, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Incineration plant, Wastes, Pollution, Environment impact, Toxicity, Human, Risk, Health and environment, Germany, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0364064
Code Inist : 002B30A02A. Création : 01/03/1996.