Friday, 14 September 2007

WREXHAM: Landfill gas scare after yob attack

Landfill gas scare after yob attack

AN ATTACK by vandals at a landfill site near Wrexham has led to gasses leaking into the atmosphere.

Residents living near the former Hafod Quarry landfill site, run by Mersey Waste Holdings, have today been reassured by environmental experts that the situation is being monitored.

People became worried when they noticed a strong smell of gas following the attack when damage was caused to heavy plant machinery and two pipes.

Dorothy Tunnah, from Johnstown, said on Friday: "I could smell gas and I had a bit of a headache. It's a bit frightening that the flare can go out and gas escape, because it's so close to the houses."

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said there was "no real health risk to the public".

He said: "The main gas flare has been vandalised and is not working. This is causing landfill gas to be released into the air.

"We have told the site operators that they need to bring a mobile flare on site today if they are unable to repair the main flare. This should help with the odour problem. We are continuing to monitor the situation."

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after the damage was caused at Hafod Quarry between Thursday night and Friday morning to contact 0845 6071001 (Welsh Language line) or 0845 6071002 (English Language line), or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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