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Clear the Air that I Breathe - Stop uncontrolled open air metal burning/cutting in scrapyards.

Submitted on Tuesday 13th December 2011

Published on Friday 16th December 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Sunday 16th December 2012

Signatures: 3

Petition Action

Clear the Air that I Breathe - Stop uncontrolled open air metal burning/cutting in scrapyards.

Additional Information

The metal recycling industry has been getting a free pass on air pollution. The practice of burning (oxyfuel cutting) scrap metal in the open air is being allowed near residential homes, putting residents Health at risk and damaging the Environment. Metals are occasionally alloyed with beryllium, a highly toxic metal. Coatings can include arsenic. Legislation is needed to protect public health from air pollution of metal recyclers and should include: • controlling all emissions from a scrap yard and foundry, • enclosing all scrapping activities indoors, • maintaining a negative pressure in the indoor facility to avoid pollution escaping, • using two tiered ingress/egress, akin to an airlock, • ensuring rules cover VOC’s and other gases, particulate emissions (metals, etc), and other chemicals, • providing a Compliance Schedule, • building in Air Monitoring, specifically at the fence-lines of facilities, and • keeping detailed records that are open to public inspection.


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