New measure at Tata Steel in Port Talbot to tackle dust pollution
A NEW initiative has been launched by Tata Steel in Port Talbot in an attempt to manage dust pollution.
Tata has introduced an £800,000 wheel-wash for the heavy vehicles that carry raw materials onto the site.
The facility aims to reduce fugitive dust emission from the fleet of heavy vehicles operated by Tata Steel and many suppliers and contractors on-site.
Manufacturing director Ian Hobson said: "There are hundreds of heavy vehicle movements on our site every day, and these contribute to the generation of dust which can affect the local community.
"This is just one part of our plan to improve our environmental impacts on local residents. Water used in the wheel-wash will enter the on-site drainage system where it can be recovered for further use.
"The solid matter will be managed responsibly in the steelworks waste process."
The road dust suppression system also forms part of an upgraded road which itself will contribute to reducing dust emission.
It is just one of the many measures being undertaken by the steel giant to tackle the problem.
It was last month when Natural Resources Wales (NRW) issued the steel giant with an enforcement notice to carry out a further review into the dust problems.
It followed complaints from scores of residents about the increase in pollution.
Residents affected by the pollution can call a dedicated Community Support Line — 0800 138 6560.