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I refer to your article A burning issue (NCE 24 June). As the Environment Agency takes enforcement action against Rugby Cement for breaches of conditions, with particulate emission limit values frequently broken as tyres increase emissions by 50%, claims about the performance of the plant are entirely justified and definitely not emotive, hysterical or unscientific!

Air quality in Rugby is seriously compromised by the 8,000t a day co-incinerator, opened in the 21st century without public consultation, environmental impact assessment or proper planning permission in this smokeless zone where 90,000 people live.

It is hardly the 'typical protest' that will soon fizzle out. MP Andy King is asking Margaret Beckett to revoke the permit and Rugby Borough Council, Primary Care Trust and Warwickshire County Council, representing 500,000 people, have demanded a public inquiry.

The Agency's pollution inventory reveals emission increase during waste burning, and justifies the great public concern over Agency revisions of the Substitute Fuels Protocol. The Judicial Review, initially sought by Rugby Borough Council, has been brought by a life-long Rugby resident who has every right to seek to protect the air and health of family, friends and neighbours.

The court transcript can be found on the website of Richard Buxton, the environmental specialist handling this case.

Lilian Pallikaropoulos, 38 Hillmorton Road, Rugby, CV22 5AA

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