HEALTH RESEARCH CALL ON BURNING TYRES PLAN; Safety Aspects Yet to Satisfy Experts

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Byline: DUNCAN GIBBONS

CONSULTANTS investigating plans to burn shredded tyres at Rugby Cement have called for more research on the health implications before trials begin.

Rugby Cement has applied to the Environment Agency for a permit to incinerate chopped rubber at its plant in Lawford Road as a partial alternative to fossil fuel.

If approved, the firm would carry out a six-month trial before applying for full authorisation.

Both Rugby Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council are willing to support the tyre-burning scheme provided safety assurances are given.

But a team of independent experts commissioned by the borough council, says those assurances cannot be given just yet.

Its findings have been sent to the agency and Rugby Cement.

Karen Stone, the council's head of housing and environmental health, said: "The consultants advise that much more work be carried out by Rugby Cement and the Environment Agency to determine the likely emissions from tyre burning prior to any trials. …