Agency and incineration firm face flak over fly ash recycling

News that the Edmonton incinerator in north London has been recycling a mixture of fly and bottom ash to make aggregates has added fuel to public concern about the potential health effects of incinerators. Remarkably, the Environment Agency has not required the operator to analyse and report on the dioxin and metal content of the material - thus failing to follow its own guidance - and both the Agency and the plant's operator have refused to disclose data on contaminants in the ash.

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