Clearly TDC are changing in terms of the new plans and the Water Protection Zone around Manston.
Yet the EA certainly seem to be dragging their heels on clean-up at Thor, Richboro and Manston and Sericol.
The early death rate in Thanet: for 69 years not 80 years isn’t very scientific as an overview but is staggeringly high.
A death rate similar to Iraq or Kazakhstan. In Kent. And with such a small and defined population.
Cleary there’ll be early deaths from some of the East Kent coalmines. Maybe even a skew for care home residents. A little bit for smoking etc.
But lots of seaside towns have care homes. Lots of deprived areas smoke a little more.
An ex-RAF base slated for international airport expansion with cargo planes at rooftop height over the towns is of course far more likely to affect the health of everybody within a 20 or 30 mile radius.
Maybe even further with strong coastal winds to spread the air pollution around.
Throw in the most polluted drinking water in the South East. Plus outfall of aviation fuel and chemicals over the water supply under the runway and outfall directly into the sea and it’s certainly ludicrous for Infratil and Manston to continue.
After 4 years they’ve achieved nothing except broken radar, 106 breaches - as with Planestation and EUJet (now in the Isle of Man) before them.
Except a 14% reduction in mortality.
But it’s higher than that.
Aside from a few cot deaths or youths in car accidents, most people live to at least 45. Only 4% of UK citizens die before that age.
So that’s an 11 year reduction from 45 years old: nearly 33% early death rate.
The sooner Manston and Thor are closed and cleanup detailed and progressed the better.
Respected politicians like Caroline Lucas and now Hillary Benn highlight the problems around Thanet.
Respected citizens like Malcolm Kirkaldie highlight the problems of Manston.
And still Infratil continue to pollute: EA warnings in 2006, Thor warnings from 1988: presumably the people of Lubeck, Prestwick and Cato Ridge have the same problems.
More needs doing in tracing the workers and families of Thor and Infratil/Manston and alerting GP’s and hospitals of the problem and establishing compensation funds.
The hacking cough of “airport lung” or rattle of “mercury kidney” should give them away.
Time for Change.