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East Yorkshire landfill operator fined after gas escape

The operator of an East Yorkshire landfill site has been ordered to pay almost £73,000 in fines and costs after admitting five environmental offences.

City Plant failed to install appropriate infrastructure and effectively collect the gas being produced from the site.

According to the Environment Agency (EA), the capacity of gas collection machinery was inadequate for the quantities being produced and this resulted in the pollution of a nearby watercourse and odour issues for residents.

EA officers found gas bubbling through various parts of the site and odours were detected beyond the landfill boundary.

David Bradley, prosecuting for the EA, said that the site had been poorly managed since City Plant took over in 2011.

An enforcement notice was served in March 2014 which required City Plant to install a landfill gas collection system by the end of July and an engineered cap by the end of October.

The EA said the company had failed to comply with either order.

City Plant was fined £55,000, and ordered to pay £17,823 in costs and a victim surcharge of £120 at Beverley Magistrates’ Court.

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