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Weeley: Calls for crem equipment to stop toxic mercury vapours
2:00pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
A WEELEY councillor has hit out at Tendring Council for failing to include specialist safety equipment in a crematorium upgrade.
Plans have been submitted for new cremator burners at Weeley Crematory.
But the plans do not include the addition of special mercury abatement equipment.
The mercury system has been designed to stop the emission of toxic mercury vapours, created by the cremation of people with fillings in their teeth.
Weeley parish councillor Carol Bannister said: “The mercury abatement equipment needs to be installed in order to deal with the increasing amount of toxic vapours.
“This is primarily due to an increase in the number of people who have fillings and a decrease in those having no teeth when they die.
“All the neighbouring crematoriums have had the good sense to have the equipment fitted already.
“But despite being situated close to residential properties and carrying out about 1,600 cremations a year they have only made provision for the installation at a later date.”
Government legislation will make the mercury abatement equipment compulsory in cremators by 2020.
The plans submitted by Tendring Council do specify that provision will be made for the addition of the equipment in the future.