Rise in serious pollution from AD plants

The waste sector was responsible for a growing number of pollution incidents in 2012, with biological technologies proving a particular problem.

Pollution caused by anaerobic digestion (AD) plants has increased significantly in England and Wales, according to the Environment Agency’s pollution incidents report for 2012.1

The report reveals that the overall number of serious and significant incidents declined slightly last year at 617 compared with 620 in 2011. It also showed the regulator is getting better at tracing the source of individual incidents.

But it says the downward trend is levelling off, with a drop in incidents from unregulated sites offset by a rise in regulated ones.

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