Incinerators Study - Birth Outcomes Paper Published

On the 22nd of November 2018 SAHSU published a paper titled "Fetal growth, stillbirth, infant mortality and other birth outcomes near UK municipal waste incinerators; retrospective population based cohort and case-control study" which presents the results of an investigation of possible health effects associated with MWI emissions. This paper is part of a wider study investigating reproductive and infant health near municipal waste incinerators in Great Britain.

This national scale investigation was of the possible health effects associated with MWI emissions of particulate matter ≤10 µm in diameter (PM10) as a proxy for MWI emissions more generally, and living near a MWI, in relation to fetal growth, stillbirth, infant mortality and other birth outcomes. The results of the study show no evidence for increased risk of a range of birth outcomes, including birth weight, preterm delivery and infant mortality, in relation to either MWI emissions or living near an MWI operating to the current EU waste incinerator regulations in Great Britain.

The paper can be downloaded from the journal Environment International https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412018316398