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EA investigating West Midlands dump

The Environment Agency (EA) is investigating a waste mound in the West Midlands after site owners failed to comply with an enforcement notice.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin issued three written questions in the House of Commons on 24 November asking what action the EA was taking on owners of the site at Shaw Road, Dudley.

He asked environment secretary Andrea Leadsom what discussions she had had with the EA regarding the site, and whether the agency planned to impose penalties on Rowanoak Waste Services.

Responding to an MRW request, EA regulated industry programme manager Jonathan Hall said that, earlier this year, the agency had tried to “get the operator back into compliance” over the volume of waste it was storing.

But he said: “As soon as we knew this was not going to be successful, we took enforcement action in March against the company and removed its right to operate.”

Responding for Leadsom in the Commons, resources minister Therese Coffey said Rowanoak Waste was required to removal all waste on-site by 16 September, which the company failed to do.

She said: “The EA is now preparing to take further action against the company for non-compliance.

“The EA is working with the landowner, Dudley Borough Council and the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service to minimise pollution and fire risk at the site and to have it cleared as soon as possible.”

Hilary Bills, Dudley Borough Council cabinet member for environmental services, said: “We are aware of the issue with the build up of waste at the Shaw Road site.

”Enforcement responsibility for the site is with the Environment Agency and we are in regular contact with them to resolve the issue.”

This follows the recent clearing of the controversial Refuse Derived Fuel dump three miles from the Shaw Road site.

Earlier this month, the EA announced it has finished clearing the 42ft-high waste mountain on Moor Street, Brierley Hill, five years after complaints were first recorded.

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