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Company 'forced' into insolvency by EA rules

A cathode ray tube recycling company says it has been forced into closure by Environment Agency rules.

Flintshire-based CRT Recycling, which employs 30 people, said it was seeking insolvency advice following meetings with the agency and its bank.

The new guidance, which came into effect on Christmas Day 2011, relates to the storage of CRTs to prevent the release of “hazardous coatings” and lead and glass dust. An EA document says that in certain circumstances, CRTs must be stored or handled in an enclosed environment.

Managing director Carl Krüger told MRW the company had “essentially been given three months to change everything”.

He said in order to comply with the new rules the firm would have had to “either build new buildings and put in extraction systems, or concrete over a large area of land”.

Krüger said it would have cost “hundreds of thousands of pounds” to continue.

The Environment Agency Wales said in a statement: “To protect local rivers and the wider environment, every site that recycles cathode ray tubes must make every effort to contain the dust and screen coatings from the process. This is a condition of the environmental permit that sets standards for the site that have to be followed.”

“Environment Agency Wales would like to clarify that at a meeting with the company it only required a review of measures to meet the accepted environmental standards. These standards are not new and this was raised with the site over a year ago. Specific details, timescales and costs for any improvement works were not discussed at the meeting but the Agency made it clear that the company had time to comply.”

“We do not understand why the company would decide to stop its operation because of this.”

Krüger said the EA “didn’t require us to close down, they required us to do things that would make us close down”.

Krüger also criticised the agency for not consulting the company before introducing the new guidance and claimed the company had been forced to use Freedom of Information legislation to obtain documents.

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