B) Ecology issues

  1. Dorset Council has declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency.  As have Portland Town Council and Weymouth Town Council. Emissions of nitrogen oxides from waste incinerators are typically close (about 85 – 90%) to maximum permitted levels.  Increased nitrogen deposition on nearby protected areas of international and national importance, including the calcareous grasslands of Portland particularly sensitive to nitrogen deposition, is a real threat to the biodiversity of these areas regardless of any data the planning documentation has provided.  This is likely to be counter to the DC Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy – the draft gives as an aim: “Dorset becomes the clean air place to live and visit”
  2. Counter to Waste Plan 2019 statement that proposals will not be approved unless the Waste Planning Authority is satisfied that there will be no adverse effects upon the integrity of European and internationally protected sites, in accordance with Policy 18 (WP 2019 9.31, Policy 6f; NPPF 174, 175, 176, Portland Neighbourhood Plan Port/EN0, Port/EN2, Port/BE6)
  3. Source of RDF unknown, so content of RDF unknown and therefore levels and content of pollution unknown, therefore unacceptable risk to local ecology and biodiversity; precautionary principle should therefore be applied: LP ENV9; https://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/precautionary_principle_decision_making_under_uncertainty_FB18_en.pdf
  4. Potential harm from pollutants to important, rare and unique ecology in a range of international (SAC), national (SSSI)and local (SNCI) designated sites on Portland
  5. Potential harm to ecology of Chesil Beach and the Fleet Special Protection Area

Potential harm to ecology of Portland Harbour, a Sensitive Marine Area, and to nearby Marine Conservation Zones