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Drax: Power generator that burns biomass pleads not guilty in wood dust health and safety case | Climate News

Energy giant Drax Power has pleaded not guilty to allegations that wood dust from its biomass pellets posed a health risk to employees.

In September 2021, Sky News revealed that the energy producer was facing criminal charges from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for two alleged breaches.

Appearing by video link at Leeds Crown Court, Dominic Kay QC, representing Drax Power Ltd, today pleaded not guilty to both counts.

Drax is accused of exposing employees to wood dust at its Selby plant – where it burns woody biomass to generate electricity – thus jeopardizing their “health, safety and welfare at work”.

He is also accused of failing to carry out a proper risk assessment before allowing employees to work with ‘potentially hazardous substances’ at the biomass power plant, which is the largest of its kind in the UK.

The case was first heard at Leeds Magistrates’ Court before being transferred to Crown Court.

The trial was now scheduled for June 2023.

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