Letter: Healthy cages

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Many thousands of tons of hazardous animal waste are being stored in what your report shows to be unsafe conditions ("Inquiry into BSE dumping safety", 23 August)

The sheer scale of the problem is indicated by the fact that, with just one incinerator capable of processing this waste, the 50,000 tonnes of meat and bonemeal stored at just one of the thirteen storage sites will take over three years to be made safe. There is a reported 400,000 tonnes of this stuff awaiting treatment. At a rate of 15,000 tonnes per year this incinerator will be kept busy for for more than 26 years. Let us hope that it does not break down.


Worthing, West Sussex