Regulatory foul-ups contributed to Byker ash affair

Ash from a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) incinerator in Newcastle which was spread on local allotments and paths over a six-year period has been removed after the discovery that it was heavily contaminated with dioxins and heavy metals. The incinerator operator and city council have borne the brunt of criticism over the affair - but regulatory failures by the Environment Agency and its predecessor, HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP), also made a substantial contribution.

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