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Concerns Over Rubber Burning at Portland Powerplant Prompts Meeting


9:43am 20th March 2013

Plans to burn rubber at a power plant on Portland are in the spotlight again.

The company behind the renewable energy station at Balaclava Bay, W4B, originally planned to use Palm Oil to make energy. But the cost of the oil has risen considerably since original plans were laid out and bosses have abandoned the idea - for now.

Critics including the South and West Dorset Green Party say burning rubber is "ludicrous" and the method is yet to be tried and tested.

The rubber crumb will be transported by road over the causeway and up onto Portland and it's understood it would be burned in an underground chamber.

Energy company W4B is hosting a Q+A session for local residents to learn more about plans and recent developments, this Saturday (23rd March) on Portland Port at the Britannia Terminal, from 10am until 2pm.

Green Party officials say they're not against the idea of burning rubber but the idea raises many concerns; "If W4B want to drop their plans for a palm oil plant we will be delighted but suggest they find a more suitable location for their rubber burning venture".

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