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Residents Fears Over Nickel Plant Proposal

Monday April 16 2012



A DECISION will soon be made about plans to build a nickel processing and recycling plant in Dodworth - amid residents fears that it could expose them to cancer-causing toxins.

Proposals have been submitted by ELG Haniel Metals Ltd to transform a disused warehouse at the Fallbank Industrial Estate, Dodworth into a treatment plant for up to 10,000 tonnes of contaminated metal a year. It would be the first of its kind in the UK and would wash and dry high nickel alloys to allow it to be reused by the aerospace industry.

Nearby residents are worried about possible health effects after researching similar facilities in America.

A report by the Health Protection Agency into the toxicology of nickel reported nickel compounds were found to be carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

It states chronic inhalation of nickel or nickel compound could lead to illnesses such as sinusitis, respiratory tract irritation and chest problems.

Plans show the proposed plant would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week but locals are worried that particles of nickel will spread via the 14m chimney, potentially contaminating air, land and water in the surrounding areas.

Pete Riley, a member of Penistone Friends of the Earth, said it would be up to the Environment Agency to make controls were in place and carry out regular inspections if it got the go-ahead.

"Nickel is a heavy metal and there are potential health effects from it," he said. "It has been used for some time and if we are going to continue, we would have to make sure we are using it in a safe and responsible manner and make sure nothing is goes down the drain or out of the chimney."

There was no-one at ELG Haniel Metals Ltd, or the firm's agent, Waterman Group, available for comment.

An initial ecological survey, carried out on the firm's behalf, found the site was of 'negligible ecological value' and said local wildlife would be unaffected.

Barnsley Council is now considering the proposal.

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Reply Posted by Abbey on Monday April 16 2012 at 19:15
Is there any ideas on time lines for this?

Reply Posted by Abbey on Monday April 16 2012 at 19:15
Is there any ideas on time lines for this?

Reply Posted by Lorraine Midgeley on Monday April 16 2012 at 20:07
all this for just 20 jobs ,not worth the risk of cancer to the people in the surrounding villages

Reply Posted by Gillian208 on Monday April 16 2012 at 20:58
why can't they build the plant away from the village there is plenty of open space inbetween barnsley and sheffield,would the owners of this plant want it next to there house i don't think so i live in dodworth and totally against this

Reply Posted by jo on Tuesday April 17 2012 at 07:17
thjnk about peoples health , its not worth the risk ,this is a village with 2 primary schools and  a lot of elderly people. there are houses virtually backing onto the industrial estate. i know jobs are desperately needed but at what cost. there is plenty of green space around that is near no houses at all .nothing is risk free and this shouldnt be allowed to go ahead

Reply Posted by Abbey on Tuesday April 17 2012 at 20:36
I have created an online petition against the proposal...it is not only residents that will be effected but businesses too as people may go elsewhere!!! There is only 2 weeks left for people to file objections...will post the online petition address on your wall asap :)

Nickel can affect the stomach, lungs, kidneys and blood of the body. Nickel caused increased red blood cells. The most serious effect of nickel has been cancer of the lungs and nasal sinus. However, these were the result of long exposure to high levels of nickel in industrial work places. High exposure can cause cough, shortness of breath, and fluid in lungs. From www.heavymetalstest.com/nickel.php

Reply Posted by Hawkword on Tuesday April 17 2012 at 23:26
Nickel is one of those strange elements that people feel they dont want to be exposed to. but yet you
handle it everyday of your life .you eat it breast feed it to your babys its in your food its in your
money.your jewelry.you wouldnt be driving your car without it your nice new stainless steel sink.
Cooker hood . in ships planes it exists everywhere there ar almost a million peop
le work in its industries. every time you dust your house you are exposed to it . and when a volcano
erupts you get another dollop. That is a thing that is part of living today. you want to keep warm but
you dont want coal you want to drive but you dont want
the exhaust fumes. one person wrote why not put it between
barnsley and sheffield what are you saying out of site out of mind

Reply Posted by Sarahmyers87 on Wednesday April 18 2012 at 21:38
the jobs are already taken by those who lost jobs when the tinsley viaduct was taken away.....

Reply Posted by Mike13 on Thursday April 19 2012 at 07:58
Get ready to replace some tyres on your cars from the small bits of metal which will inevitably drop off the trucks bringing in the scrap.

Reply Posted by Ricco on Friday April 20 2012 at 11:49
sorry but you people dont know what you are talking about, as a poster elouded to earlier you are touching and feeling this on a daily basis. We arent talking about Ni powder/dust etc.. it is Nickel ALLOYED SOLID METAL, it is completely harmless. Nickel is in your stainless steel sink, fridge, microwave etc.. 

Reply Posted by JonnyK on Sunday April 22 2012 at 14:12
It arrives to the site as a waste Nickel Alloy covered in all kinds of rubbish.  This is then shredded, cut, vibrated and burned to give the company a nice clean alloy they can sell on.  The rubbish that is left behind is vented into Dodworth and the adjoining housing estate, along with other parts of Barnsley. Yes, they'll try and filter it to stop 'most' of the pollutants escaping but as this is the first plant of its kind in the UK they've no idea how well it will work.  Maybe the CEO of the company could build the plant near his/her home.  If it's safe, then we can reconsider it.

Reply Posted by JonnyK on Sunday April 22 2012 at 14:12
It arrives to the site as a waste Nickel Alloy covered in all kinds of rubbish.  This is then shredded, cut, vibrated and burned to give the company a nice clean alloy they can sell on.  The rubbish that is left behind is vented into Dodworth and the adjoining housing estate, along with other parts of Barnsley. Yes, they'll try and filter it to stop 'most' of the pollutants escaping but as this is the first plant of its kind in the UK they've no idea how well it will work.  Maybe the CEO of the company could build the plant near his/her home.  If it's safe, then we can reconsider it.

Reply Posted by No1_ghost on Wednesday April 25 2012 at 15:45
amazing isn't it that your can't raise an objection to the proposal on the council website and they wont advise you on how to raise an objection either, basically they are saying we don't care what the people think decision is already made and all necessary brown envolopes have been received

Reply Posted by slightly bemused on Thursday April 26 2012 at 15:52
"An initial ecological survey, carried out on the firm’s behalf, found the site was of ‘negligible ecological value’ and said local wildlife would be unaffected".

Very interesting the last paragraph of the artcle (above) wildlife!!!! what about the human factor not 100 yards away on the new housing estate.? or in the fall out area from the chimney which could be over 4 miles +.
I must also add the comments that are saying nickle is in everyday items such as our sinks etc so its harmless.... well yes in its manufactured state, but it is a heavy metal and what happens when its ground, heated and subjected to chemicals in its treatment process...we are talking about a treatment plant here for used and "contaminated" wastes.

What is required is a full expert independent analysis before any project of this kind is agreed by the council to prove no harm will come to a living thing.
If this can be satisfied im all for business to be created, but im also concerned that a business of this nature is near to final planning and i who live within 1 mile have seen no information about this whatsoever.

Reply Posted by Del on Sunday April 29 2012 at 14:22
This page shows how to make an objection 
http://pogmoorara.wordpress.com/author/pogmoorara/  

Reply Posted by Jeff on Monday April 30 2012 at 17:23
PUBLIC MEETING - ALL WELCOME
-----------------------------------------------------

Proposed Nickel Reprocessing Plant, Plot 4 Fall Bank Estate, Dodworth.

Want to know more?

Got questions to ask?

A residents' meeting (but ALL ARE WELCOME - THE MORE THE MERRIER) will be held 

Thursday 3rd May at 7:30pm at Dodworth Central Club, Station Road, Dodworth.

The meeting will be in the concert room.

Local experts will be at the meeting: at the very least a member of Barnsley Business Initiative, a Chemist, an Estate Agent and a business woman from the Industrial Estate,

If the plant goes ahead at least one business on the industrial estate will have to close with the loss of 11 jobs. ELG Haniel will create just 15 jobs.

For further information contact:

June McGow: 07722008708 june.mcgow  at  hotmail.co.uk (please change "at" to an ampersand)

Wendi Turner: 07872611742 stepestates at btinternet.com  (please change "at" to an ampersand)

Reply Posted by Jeff on Tuesday May 1 2012 at 19:50
To anyone who thinks nickel is safe please refer to articles dealing with nickel allergies, which are surprisingly common. This is just from the metal itself! - in powder form it's deadly! ELG Haniel will be reprocessing nickel swarf which will arrive in lumps (through some aggregating process) for easier transportation. This will be cut up, shaken on a vibrating table, washed and contaminants burned off. At the very least Nitrogen Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide and particulates WILL be emitted from the thermal oxidising chimney. Similar chimneys in America only catch 99% of particulate emissions. Where will the 1% land in Dodworth when it is just 23 metres from housing???

Nitrogen Dioxide reacts with water in the air to produce Nitric and Nitrous acid. These acids are known to cause damage to cars in the vicinity of plants that generate NO2. Nitrogen Dioxide gas also causes respiratory problems.Compounds of Nickel are EXTREMELY dangerous. Nickel Carbonyl results from contact of Nickel and Carbon Monoxide at room temperature (see wikipedia Carbon monoxide entry) and is CARCINOGENIC. Nickel oxide is formed when Nickel is heated (e.g. in the proposed thermal oxidising chimney) and is CARCINOGENIC.We're putting a hell of a lot of faith in the people who are maintaining this chimney. I don't think "Sorry, boss" would adequately capture the magnitude of the situation if a filter wasn't replaced on time or a corroded pipe was missed on inspection.Don't believe Health and Safety officers who say there is a stage 1, stage 2, stage whatever fail-safe procedure. When the human element is involved procedures which look good on paper are forgotten.  Many companies pay lip-service to H&S particularly in the private sector. After all it's their own money they are spending. Take a look at the "List of industrial disasters" entry in wikipedia. Tell me that these shouldn't have happened because page 263 of the safety manual clearly states that...!If this plant goes ahead I will certainly be taking myself and my salary out of Dodworth. I really, really love Dodworth to bits but I love my wife a hell of a lot more and wouldn't want her harmed.  Ask yourself: why are ELG wanting to process waste in a semi-rural area such as Dodworth? Have they been advised that Dodworth is a dirty little village populated by a bunch of thick Barnsley hicks who'll put up with anything?Well, if ELG were to visit Barnsley they would see beautiful countryside, many lovely villages and some great, good-humoured people (and that coming from a Lancastrian!).They'll also find a bunch of fighters who won't be pushed around! 

Reply Posted by Jeff on Tuesday May 1 2012 at 19:54
Sorry.  That last post of mine has lost all the paragraph breaks, which makes it a bit difficult to read. Unfortunately, I can't see an "edit" button.

Reply Posted by Jeff on Tuesday May 1 2012 at 19:58
To anyone who thinks nickel is safe please refer to articles dealing with nickel allergies, which are surprisingly common. This is just from the metal itself! - in powder form it's deadly! ELG Haniel will be reprocessing nickel swarf which will arrive in lumps (through some aggregating process) for easier transportation. This will be cut up, shaken on a vibrating table, washed and contaminants burned off. 



At the very least Nitrogen Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide and particulates WILL be emitted from the thermal oxidising chimney. Similar chimneys in America only catch 99% of particulate emissions. Where will the 1% land in Dodworth when it is just 23 metres from housing???



Nitrogen Dioxide reacts with water in the air to produce Nitric and Nitrous acid. These acids are known to cause damage to cars in the vicinity of plants that generate NO2. Nitrogen Dioxide gas also causes respiratory problems.Compounds of Nickel are EXTREMELY dangerous. Nickel Carbonyl results from contact of Nickel and Carbon Monoxide at room temperature (see wikipedia Carbon monoxide entry) and is CARCINOGENIC. Nickel oxide is formed when Nickel is heated (e.g. in the proposed thermal oxidising chimney) and is CARCINOGENIC.



We're putting a hell of a lot of faith in the people who are maintaining this chimney. I don't think "Sorry, boss" would adequately capture the magnitude of the situation if a filter wasn't replaced on time or a corroded pipe was missed on inspection.



Don't believe Health and Safety officers who say there is a stage 1, stage 2, stage whatever fail-safe procedure. When the human element is involved procedures which look good on paper are forgotten.  Many companies pay lip-service to H&S particularly in the private sector. After all it's their own money they are spending. Take a look at the "List of industrial disasters" entry in wikipedia. Tell me that these shouldn't have happened because page 263 of the safety manual clearly states that...!



If this plant goes ahead I will certainly be taking myself and my salary out of Dodworth. I really, really love Dodworth to bits but I love my wife a hell of a lot more and wouldn't want her harmed.  



Ask yourself: why are ELG wanting to process waste in a semi-rural area such as Dodworth? Have they been advised that Dodworth is a dirty little village populated by a bunch of thick Barnsley hicks who'll put up with anything?



Well, if ELG were to visit Barnsley they would see beautiful countryside, many lovely villages and some great, good-humoured people (and that coming from a Lancastrian!).



They'll also find a bunch of fighters who won't be pushed around!