Hanson Cement, Padeswood, could face action over dust

Hanson cement works at Padeswood, Flintshire Hanson has already taken action over the problem

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The Environment Agency is considering whether to take further action against a Flintshire cement plant after Penyffordd residents reported being affected by dust.

An agency spokesperson said it had identified the cause at the Padeswood factory and Hanson Cement had taken action to rectify the problem.

It is investigating whether environmental permits were breached.

Hanson Cement said it was "co-operating fully" with the agency.

The Environment Agency said it received complaints last month.

A spokesperson added: "We have received complaints of dust in Padeswood and have investigated and identified what has caused it.

"Action has been taken by Hanson Cement to rectify the problem.

Dust cloud

"Our officers are now collecting evidence to see if there have been any breaches of the conditions in their environmental permit. We will then consider what further action needs to be taken.

"Environmental permits are there to protect local people and the environment. Any breaches are a serious matter which will not be tolerated."

In a statement, Hanson Cement said: "Hanson Cement confirms that it has received complaints about dust from the local community and is co-operating fully with the Environment Agency to investigate those complaints."

In 2009, the Environment Agency investigated after a dust cloud leaked from the plant and more than 30 members of the public complained.

The company arranged for villagers affected by the dust cloud to have their cars cleaned.

In 2007, the cement works' previous owners, Castle Cement, paid for professional car valets to clean the vehicles of nearby residents caught in two separate outpourings of dust from its chimney.

Penyffordd Community Council member Colin Bithell said: "The dust settled on people's cars. There are people in the village that couldn't get it off their cars.

"People are worried. The company owes it to us to be able to control what they are doing, or somebody has to make them do it."

Cllr Bithell called for a 10-year health study to ensure residents were not suffering ill health as a result of living close to the cement factory.

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