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Nottinghamshire landfill site closed by EA to be capped

The Environment Agency (EA) has said that capping FCC Environment’s landfill site at Dorket Head, Nottinghamshire, will be finished by November 2016.

In June 2013, the EA found that FCC (Recycling) had failed to act in accordance with its landfill gas management plan at the site after methane was detected at one of its monitoring boreholes.

Following an investigation, the EA worked with FCC to bring forward the closure of the site. The EA varied the permit to prevent further waste being accepted and set a timescale for the operator to permanently cap the site.

FCC accepted a formal caution for its failure to act in accordance with its management plan and accepted warning letters for associated breaches of its permit, including a failure to adequately cover waste in February and March 2014.

The company also had to meet the EA’s investigation and legal costs. The site was closed in September 2014 with FCC still being responsible for managing the environmental impact.

An FCC Environment spokesman said: “The waste which was previously sent for disposal at Dorket Head landfill now goes to our MRF in Alfreton, Derbyshire.

“The materials which can be recycled are separated for further processing and the residual waste is used to generate energy.”

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