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Getting the facts straight on incinerator

I refer to the letter entitled 'Incinerator will just cause us more problems' from your correspondent Philip Allen (Write Back, September 3).

With extensive experience as a biomass power plant manager, I would like to respond to some of the points made.

Firstly, broiler poultry litter is a dry material consisting of droppings and wood shavings.

Average moisture levels are 35% - not 95%, as claimed by Mr Allen.

It does not require drying, and is used directly as a fuel in poultry litter-fired plants elsewhere in the UK and across the world.

Biomass power stations do not emit 'acids'. The gases from the combustion process are strictly controlled by employing best-available burning technology and flue-gas cleaning equipment.

These systems ensure that emissions satisfy all stringent health and safety requirements.

The plants in East Anglia have operated for more than 10 years with no detrimental effects on humans or the environment.

Finally, the fact that crops grown both for human and animal consumption absorb carbon dioxide during their growth cycle means that plants such as those operating in East Anglia and the one in Glenavy are classed as carbon neutral.

Mr Allen may have an opinion of Rose Energy and biomass technology, but he does himself no favours in using incorrect facts and misleading information to express it.

STEVE CRITCHLEY

East Anglia

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