Drax faces prosecution over health risk of dust from biomass pellets

The cooling towers at Drax power station near Selby, North Yorkshire, before the company switch from coal to biomass energy. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

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The owner of the Drax power plant in North Yorkshire faces a criminal prosecution hearing after allegations that dust from wood pellets used to generate electricity could pose a risk to its employees’ health.

The company has earned hundreds of millions of pounds in subsidies by upgrading its generating units to burn biomass pellets instead of coal, but the Health and Safety Executive is taking it to court over concerns that the wood dust may have threatened employee health.

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Source: The Guardian

 

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