Details of Corby (Shelton 2015) Plume Plotter

This page should be read in conjunction with How Plume Plotter Works. It provides more details specific to the Corby (Shelton 2015) version of Plume Plotter.

Stacks and buildings

Building measurements are taken from drawings in [2]. This image shows the layout of the stack and buildings modelled:

Stack measurements

All of these are taken from [2], except stack location which is not stated but was deduced from the building plans and aerial photos:

The following values are used for albedo, Bowen ratio and roughness length. These are not specified in [1] or [2], but the roughness length was taken from the planning application for the Corby (Gretton Brook Road) incinerator:


The emission rates of pollutants are taken from [2]:

PollutantEmission rate
per second
Oxides of nitrogen5.67 g
Particulates378 mg
Sulphur dioxide1.89 g
Carbon monoxide1.89 g
Hydrogen chloride378 mg
Hydrogen flouride37.8 mg
Cadmium and thallium1.89 mg
Mercury1.89 mg
Other metals18.9 mg
Ammonia378 mg
VOCs378 mg
PAHs37.8 μg
PCBs1.89 mg
Dioxins and furans3.78 ng

Background levels

The background levels of pollutants are taken from [1]. These are:

concentration per m3
Oxides of nitrogen18 μg
Particulates17 μg
Sulphur dioxide2 μg
Carbon monoxide123 μg
Hydrogen chloride400 ng
Hydrogen flouride3 μg
Cadmium and thallium300 pg
Mercury2 ng
Other metals54.53 ng
Ammonia1.5 μg
VOCs260 ng
PAHs330 pg
PCBs440 pg
Dioxins and furans28.8 fg

Weather data

Weather data is taken from METAR reports from a local airport: Wittering RAF.

Upper air data is the latest reported by the Nottingham upper air station.


1. Shelton Road, Corby Energy Recovery Centre: Environmental Statement Volume 1. Entran. July 2015.

2. Shelton Road, Corby Energy Recovery Centre: Environmental Statement Volume 2. Entran. July 2015.