THE WASTE industry is 'blinded by CO 2' and could miss the effects of dangerous environmental pollutants as a result, warned experts at an ICE climate change hearing this week.
Toxicity levels in waste and the potential dangers of energy from waste plant emissions are being eclipsed by carbon dioxide pollution and climate change, Oakdene Hollins director of waste David Fitzsimons told NCE after the event.
The comments came after WSP Environment director Peter Sharratt asked the expert panel: 'Is climate change overshadowing other issues such as toxicity?' Fitzsimons said: 'It is most likely we will look back at this in years to come and see that we missed much more vital issues. But it's not clear what those vital issues are, so all we can do is follow what the Prime Minster and the chief scientist advise and at the moment that's all to do with CO 2.' The hearing was part of ICE's work with the Royal Academy of Engineering to support the government on key engineering challenges facing society.