Health fears over decision to burn methane

Concerns have been raised about the environmental impact of Calderdale Council’s decision to burn off methane at the former landfill site at Cromwell Bottom near Brighouse.

Liberal Democrat councillors believe the methane gas should be used to create energy, rather than being burned off by a process known as ‘flaring’.

They are now asking for the issue to be considered at a special meeting of the council’s Scrutiny Panel on Monday at Halifax Town Hall at 6pm.

Coun Janet Battye, leader of the council’s Liberal Democrat group, said: “I welcome the progress made in sorting out the old landfill site but I want to be sure that everything possible is being done to use this landfill gas productively as a source of energy.

“The council should be taking a leading role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy so we can’t let this opportunity go by.”

Coun James Baker, deputy chair of the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Panel, said he was concerned that burning off the methane gas would create dioxins which could be harmful to people’s health.

“I want the panel to double-check this to ensure that the gas will be properly filtered and, if possible, is put to productive use to power homes.”