HMIP prosecutes for persistent dust nuisance

HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) has finally cracked down on a synthetic aggregates plant in North Yorkshire which has been causing a dust nuisance for years. The operator was prosecuted successfully in October and received what appears to be the first fine in excess of the old statutory maximum for an air pollution offence.

The case concerned a plant operated by Pozzolanic Lytag next to National Power's coal-fired power station at Eggborough, near Selby. Pulverised fuel ash from the power station is processed into pellets, sintered and graded into lightweight aggregate for use in construction projects.

Dust emissions from the operation have provoked public complaints and adverse comments by HMIP for many years. In 1986, for example, a letter of infraction wa

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