Concern over ash lagoons at smelter

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TOWN councillors have voiced concerns about the environmental legacy that will be left behind by the closure of Rio Tinto Alcan’s smelter in Lynemouth later this year.

Newbiggin is calling for an investigation into the possible consequences of the aluminium plant’s shutdown on the land around it.

Among the concerns raised at the council’s latest meeting were uncertainty over what will become of the deep lagoons where fly ash from the smelter’s power station is allowed to settle.

Malcolm Peden said possible negative environmental impacts that the site’s closure might have need to be looked into.

Councillors agreed that they would seek to work with MPs and the councils at Lynemouth and Ashington on the issue to try to deal with any concerns.