Hanson fall foul of Environment Agency

Building materials suppliers Hanson Aggregates have received a formal warning from the Environment Agency following dust problems from their site in Cheddar.
In the Summer, a number of local residents complained about dust coming from the site, which produces lime and limestone products for the construction industry and other industries.

The Environment Agency has now completed a thorough investigation of the incident, which confirms that the company was in breach of its Environmental Permit. The company has been issued with a formal warning and the Environment Agency are working with the company to ensure that further improvements are made on site.

However, an analysis of the dust collected and a report from the Health Protection Agency concluded that the incident was unlikely to have caused any adverse effect on public health.

‘We are determined to ensure Hanson Aggregates improve the conditions for local residents and the environment. We will continue our monitoring and regular checks of the site to ensure the site is meeting its permit conditions,’ said Colin Babb for the Environment Agency.

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