What is in the gas plume entering my house from a neighbouring flue ?

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Dear Health and Safety Executive,

Having tried speaking with your helpline who could not answer my questions, I need o make a request for detailed information as to what is contained in the plume that is emitted from an old household gas boiler in a neighbours property, as I am finding the fumes are getting into my house and making me have headaches, feel tired all the time, irritating my eyes and badly affecting my breathing so much so I need to use inhalers.

I feel I have been given the usual run around by Wiltshire Councils environmental health officer and a housing officer , and have been told it is only steam.

Your helpline have told me NOT to breath it in, but I cannot avoid it making its way into my house. What is your current guidance regarding these matters, and is it up to date to include the current content of household gas now ?

I am told it is a Statutory nuisance, but the authorities are dismissive and unhelpful, even though I am classed as a vulnerable adult through disability and ill health. They do not appear to care.

Hence, I am asking for as much information as you can provide me with as to what is in the plume as I am told elsewhere the plume certainly IS NOT harmless, but contains CO, CO2 ,
Nox , Sox etc .
I have also been told that the numerous regulations and information from manufacturers ( for a boiler some 15 years old ) are now out of date as the content of household gas has changed in recent years to include shail gas and imported liquid gas also being fed into the mains gas supply - and they both contain different and additional toxic substances that are harmful to health and produce different fumes to those from years ago. Hence I would like to see all the current and up to date information you have available please?

I regret needing to make this request , but my local authorities will not offer any meaningful assistance with my situation and I do not wish to end up dead from these fumes which have already made me very ill through the winter months.

Yours faithfully,

Steven King

Health and Safety Executive

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Dear Mr King

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 201805087

Thank you for your request for information about:

What is contained in the plume that is emitted from an old household gas boiler in a neighbour's property?

Your request was received on 23 April 2018 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).

I am sorry to hear that this is causing you concern and distress but I am writing to advise you that the Health and Safety Executive does not hold the information that you have requested.

The responsibility for product safety for domestic gas appliances is enforced by the Trading Standards Department of local councils. I am attaching a link to Gas safety contacts and information sources which explains this: http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/conta...

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the disclosure decisions made by HSE you may ask for an internal review within two calendar months of the date of this letter by writing to me.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
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Email: [email address]
Website: http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Helen McGlown PC.foi | Information Management Unit | Freedom of Information Unit Health & Safety Executive | 1.3. Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle L20 7HS |

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Dear Helen , FOIRequests,
201805087
Thank you for your response, but I find it increasingly worrying that you do not hold this information as after all you are the H S E .
A month after trying to protect my health and wellbeing, maybe my life ! , I find myself no further forward.
I think the HSE should be aware that with the excuse of ' the cuts ' , many councils cannot be bothered to respond to letters concerning this type of problem - regretably ( in just one way ) I am not a member of Wiltshires establishment , and it is unlikely anything will be done about this problem. A senior environmental health officer did come out , but didnt write anything down and ive not heard from him since over the past 6 weeks.
So maybe next autumn / winter I shall be dead - due to gas exhaust fumes entering my house ?

Yours sincerely,

Steven King

Health and Safety Executive

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