Lafarge substitute fuel to be decided, UK

Lafarge substitute fuel to be decided, UK
12 October 2004

Lafarge Cement UK wants to switch from burning coal in the cement kiln at its Aberthaw works and burn bonemeal as a partial substitute.

A final decision on the plan will be taken by Environment Agency Wales which has organised a series of surgeries to allow residents to raise any concerns.

Lafarge Cement UK says using meat and bone meal as a partial fuel substitute will provide up to 30 per cent of the thermal energy requirements of the kiln. The products would be processed into a powder and then delivered to the plant and burned in the kiln.

An Environment Agency Wales spokesman said: "Meat and bone meal was once used as a fertiliser and an animal feed, but it is now usually taken to landfill sites for disposal.

"Using it as a substitute fuel in cement kilns would be a way of re-using the waste and reducing pressure on scarce landfill space."

The spokesman said: "Should the permit be approved, Lafarge will carry out a trial, during which the agency monitors emissions from the site at frequent intervals."

Cement works manager Dave Dawson said carcasses would not be delivered to the plant. He said: "There will be a very minor odour at the plant. It smells like soil. We are investing in equipment to keep it sealed and there will be no impact on the surrounding area."

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