26 January 2009

End of Alcan Northumberland?

One to watch. The Newcastle Journal reports, "Alcan future threatened by Euro pollution laws."

"The court papers lodged by the EC with the European Court of Justice outline its position. "The commission submits that the coal-fired power plant at Lynemouth in Northumberland constitutes a combustion plant within the meaning of the directive.

"Initially the UK shared this view but, following a radical change of position, now vigorously contests it.

"In the commission’s view, emissions from the plant should have been significantly reduced by January 1, 2008.

"The failure to significantly reduce emissions constitutes a breach of community law."

Worrying for the people of the North East. The court case will be heard later this year.

Background from Defra Air quality - European Directives: Large Combustion Plant Directive.

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