“The Environment Agency, which is supposed to protect local people from industrial pollution has let us down” said Pete Kilvert, Chairman of the Breathe Clean Air Group, which is campaigning to stop the Barton Renewable Energy Plant.
Part of the process for ensuring that industrial plants do not pollute the locality is the un-announced visit from the Environment Agency. This is a spot check to see if plants are controlling their emissions within the law.
The Breathe Clean Air Group has asked the Environment Agency “How many un-announced visits have taken place in the North West?”
In an email to the campaign group, the Environment Agency says “Our officer has checked the files and can confirm that the information you have requested (numbers of unannounced visits) is not recorded or collated.”
“In other words, it would appear that there have been NO un-announced visits to polluting industries in the North West”, said Pete Kilvert. “Industry already monitors itself and is supposed to inform the Environment Agency if they pollute beyond legal limits. Now we find that the only means to check this self regulation is NOT being used. No wonder we are badly polluted”.
The Breathe Clean Air Group will be taking up this shocking admission with the Government.