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Big stink leads to heavy fine

A Lancashire waste treatment company has been fined after hundreds of complaints about odours.

Global Renewables was last week fined £150,000 and ordered to pay £55,000 in costs by Preston Magistrates Court.

The Environment Agency said it prosecuted the company after receiving some 350 complaints about odours from the Leyland site between February and April 2011.

Some 300,000 tonnes of household waste per year were treated there.

The agency that in 2011 the company failed to inform it about system malfunctions, which it was required to do by its permit.

An agency spokesperson said: “In this case the business did not act quickly enough to take action on the odour issues that blighted the local community for a long period of time.

“Global Renewables have since made a large investment in their operating equipment and they are abiding by their permit conditions.”

In mitigation, magistrates took into account that no significant health issues were caused by the breaches and that the company had taken significant steps to meet the conditions of the permit and had entered an early guilty plea.

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