As per the documents of Guardian, officials of Government are getting ready to deal with “decomposing accumulations” of rubbish in event of no-deal Brexit.
If UK exits from EU without any contract, the license of exporting millions of waste will be considered as invalid. Officials of Environment Agency commented that leaking of the accumulations of rubbish can result in pollution.
Environmental Agency are worried if the farmers are not able to trade lamb and beef, accumulation of livestock on farms can make liquid manure provisions to overspill. A elder MP commented that problems can cause an emergency of environmental pollution and public health. Official of Environment Agency commented that “It could all get very ugly, very quickly.”
Email from guardian was sent to the staff of EA, requesting for the volunteers to operate the disaster management centers will deal with the events. The plan was revealed to transfer the around 5000 staff into the control center and emergency command in the no-deal event by Chief executive of civil service.
The guardian sent an email to EA stating that “If there is a no-deal scenario, the current export of waste may cease for a period. This could result in stockpiled waste which causes license breaches”. “Odours will obviously be an issue as the stockpiled waste putrefies and there may be a runoff of leachates, causing secondary pollution.”
The email even stated that waste can become a big problem. “It can speedily accelerate into the political issue because of the operators will say that there is no resource to shift the waste”.
Example of the animal slurry is “Problems may arise in exporting livestock to the EU. In that situation, farmers may be overstocked and unable to export lamb/beef etc. That means that they may have problems with slurry storage capacity and insufficient land spreading capability.”
Resource of EA commented that “The examples seem like real possibilities. There’s a serious amount of panic going on.”
In one of the emails, it was mentioned that “The particular trust is interested in volunteers across no specification what is their grade, level of experience, incident or knowledge of location”.
“The UK’s waste and recycling system is already fragile but these shocking emails show it will grind to a halt if customs checks and WTO tariffs prevent the export of millions of tons of waste”, commented Mary Creagh, Chairperson of parliament’s environmental audit committee.
“No agreement will be a green light to criminal fraudsters and creating the emergency of environmental pollution and public health. Officials of Environment Agency should not transfer the can for the weak point of government to obtain an agreement that describes the promises of prime minister about protecting the environment on leaving the EU.”
If waste is supposed to be decomposed after the no-deal Brexit, experts of industry states that the south-east of England will be impacted. The lack of UK’s incinerator capacity and lessening the number of sites of landfill is driving the export.