Asthma study focuses around wallpaper plant

An epidemiological investigation is being launched into the health of residents on a housing estate close to a wallpaper factory after an earlier survey showed an unusually high incidence of asthma in the area. The factory, in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, has been the subject of air pollution complaints for 18 years.

The works opened in 1972 and is owned by Chamberlain Phipps, a member of the Evode Group. It manufactures vinyl coated wallpaper, including backing paper for textured foam-blown papers.

Two years after opening, the plant began to attract complaints from the neighbouring Woodhouse Close estate. Residents complained of nausea and eye irritation, and linked these to a visible white plume and paraffin-like odour from the plant. Chamberlain Ph

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