Sunday, 16 May 2010

Infratil and breathing kerosene

An item below on the effects of kerosene on humans and wildlife from the BP oil spill in USA:

toxiciology expert, Dr William Sawyer, who has made a presentation to the US lawyers representing environmental and other interests after the spill has added to the concern: "The dispersants used in the BP clean-up efforts, known as Corexit 9500 and Corexit EC9527A, are also known as deodorized kerosene," he told the group. "With respect to marine toxicity and potential human health risks, studies of kerosene exposures strongly indicate potential health risks to volunteers, workers, sea turtles, dolphins, breathing reptiles and all species which need to surface for air exchanges, as well as birds and all other mammals. Additionally, I have considered marine species which surface for atmospheric inhalation such as sea turtles, dolphins and other species which are especially vulnerable to aspiration toxicity of Corexit 9500 into the lung while surfacing."

With aviation fuel essentially kerosene plus other toxic chemicals the effects are clear but the questions remain:

1. Why did our civil servants remove noise monitors and reposition air monitors away from the flights and population centres from 2006 onwards?

2. Why were they not replaced immediately?

3. When did our councillors know of this?

4. How has the water supply been protected and cleaned?

It's clear that our civil servants and councillors quietly agreed to develop the airport by removing all the safety measures designed to protect the public - and to continue to endanger them.

Who took these decisions again and again: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010?

What action has been taken against Infratil for the repeated 106 breaches?

Was it regeneration at any cost?

Was it a culture of silence and coverup?

Who are the guilty men?

Clearly Infratil knew what they were doing: airport companies know the importance of monitors or removing them.

Messrs Samuel and White knew what they were doing: there's no airport development without downplaying the safety and cancer risks - the CE and KIACC Chair and Environmental Director know that.

TDC's Airport Committee knew what they were doing: no insistence on replacing monitors means no monitors.

KCC knew what they were doing: EUJet and KCC USA programmes and SEEDA car parks and Parkway vanity projects and turn a blind eye to the dangers.

Our MP's and councillors knew what they were doing: stay silent or roll along with Party loyalty.

And the result?

Thanet's citizens get cancer, Infratil walks away from the cleanup and our civil servants and councillors remain silent.

And still the planes fly.

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