Safe, responsible and efficient
The air quality in and around our sites is monitored very closely using the latest technology. This monitoring, and the data it produces, allows us to continually assess operations to ensure they operate in an environmentally safe, responsible and efficient manner. Our policy is to work in harmony with our neighbours and nearby communities and to implement site specific environmental management plans for all sites. We take into account the views of the local community and the planning and environmental authorities in all we do.
We have modified the machinery we use in order to control dust as much as possible. We have invested several million pounds in a programme of improvements to the machinery we use. We control dust at source by using water sprays attached to our machinery to minimise dust in the excavation area. Water tankers fitted with water cannons dampen down roads on our sites to minimise the creation of dust as machinery travels along the road. We also fit water sprays to the coal processing machinery.
All laden coal wagons that leave the site from the coal processing area have to pass through a wheel wash to clean the wheels and the underside of the vehicles. All wagons are sheeted to prevent the coal from leaving the vehicle.