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This website was operated during the 2001 UK Foot and Mouth epidemic. This site is no longer managed but is left intact as a document to the events in the Epynt area of mid Wales. There is no need to offer support now. art71.com May 2003.
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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT COMES TO SENNYBRIDGE

A delegation of The Temporary Committee on Foot and Mouth Disease from the European Parliament visited the Epynt on Thursday, 20th June, to see, at first hand, the carcass disposal site which caused pollution during the Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic in 2001. They were accompanied by Edwin Roderick, Janet Watkins and Ann Price of the Epynt Action Group and Sennybridge Camp Commandant responsible for the Epynt military training area, Colonel Pat Butler, who has recently been awarded an MBE. The Action Group was formed by local people concerned about the spread of Foot and Mouth disease to the area and the impact on the environment, and public health.

A public meeting, chaired by Sra Redondo Jimenez (European Peoples Party, Spain), followed in Sennybridge where local farmer and chairman of the Action Group, Edwin Roderick, welcomed the delegation and summarised events. Janet Watkins did a recitation of her poem "Who Chose Epynt?" The Welsh Tourist Board gave facts and figures showing the damage to local tourism caused by Foot and Mouth. Action Group Site Monitor, Ann Price, presented detailed maps of the burial and burn sites showing borehole locations some of which were shown to be ineffective. Carmarthenshire farmer and haulier, Phil Carpenter, outlined the lack of biosecurity. Local farmer, Mairwen Price, looked at the Environment Agency's sanctioning of the site and introduced geologist Dr John Davies from the Countryside Council for Wales, whose presentation made it clear that the site should never have been used. Andrew and Liz Maclean described having to wear masks when the burning was at its worst and how they had received thousands of messages of support to the epynt-disaster.co.uk website. They asked why EC directives were ignored. Local farmer, Linda Price, talked about animal movements. Paddy Rooney, local resident and ex-Chairman of the Carmartenshire Fisherman's Federation, covered two points: the geology of the Epynt where information had been available but not used and the fact that, contrary to the information given out about vaccine, it had been well known that vaccinated sheep could be distinguished from non-vaccinated sheep which had antibodies. Tony Jukes, ex-RAF, and scientific adviser to the Action Group, was critical of the Environment Agency and NAW scientists who had recommended the Epynt. Jeff Napier of Cygnus Books, based 16 miles from Epynt in Llangadog, explained that his staff had suffered from nausea and coughing due to smoke inhalation. When he traced the smoke he found it came from the Epynt and became involved in the protest. Local resident, Glyn Powell, said that he farmed in a small way, was an ex-army officer, an ex local school headmaster and ex Vice President of the Farmers Union of Wales, and so had worked for or represented some of those organisations which were being criticised at the meeting. However, he thanked the delegation for taking the time to come to Sennybridge and said how he regretted what had happened on the Epynt.

Presentations followed from Jonathan Evans, MEP, European People's Party, and Eurig Wyn, AM, Plaid Cymru, broadly agreeing on the need for a European wide contigency plan for any future outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease. Gordon Adam, MEP, Party of European Socialists, however, drew loud disagreement from the floor when he mentioned mass disposal sites being part of such a contingency plan.

Wolfgang Kreissl-Dorfler, on behalf of the Committee, wound up the meeting saying that everything being presented to them would be taken into account and they would advise The Group as soon as their report was ready in November. It was also mentioned that whilst individual countries needed to sort out their own strategies for dealing with national problems, Foot & Mouth did not recognise boundaries between countries and so an overall strategy for Europe was needed.



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