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Poor air quality in Port Talbot blamed on heatwave

Dust clouds coming from Port Talbot’s steel plant are being blamed on the summer heatwave.

Locals from Margam and Taibach, near the steel works of metal reprocessor Tata Steel, have said outdoor areas are being covered in dust, according to WalesOnline.

Residents have complained about children and pets being affected by the air pollution.

Tata Steel officials met with local councillors and residents to discuss the issue on Tuesday. The unusually long period of hot dry weather is being blamed.

A spokesperson for Tata Steel said: “It’s always more challenging for us in dry weather when the suppression systems and water bowsers’ role become especially important. We have had some technical issues, but action has been taken and we are confident of improvement.”

He added: “In tackling the matter of dust emission in the long term, we have an air quality action plan which includes multiple initiatives all designed to reduce ambient dust levels — and we will be working with other relevant companies to reduce what is generated from the steelworks site.

“We monitor levels very closely and we are scrutinised by the Environment Agency — now National Resources Wales — and the local authority. We meet with these on a regular basis to review findings, and the conclusions of these meetings are often very helpful in influencing our strategy.”

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