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Southampton biomass plant plan to be revised

Published on the BBC News Website 26th April 2011

The developer planning to build a £300m biomass power station in Southampton has announced it will amend its plans and hold a second public consultation.

Helius Energy wants to build the 100 megawatt wood-fired plant at the city’s Western Docks.

The firm has said fuel would be “sustainably sourced” and the impact on air quality would be “negligible”.

But campaigners against the plan say the plant would be “visually intrusive” and increase transport congestion.

A first consultation closed on Thursday when the No Southampton Biomass group handed 150 objection letters and a 3,602-signature petition to Helius and the city council.

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Water company gets another huge fine for pollution

POLLUTION: The outfall pipe from Southern Water’s Budds Farm site into a stream running into Langstone Harbour

Published in the Portsmouth News on Friday 22nd April 2011

By Jeff Travis

A WATER firm has been ordered to pay out almost £100,000 for polluting a beauty spot.

Southern Water received a hefty fine after allowing raw sewage to spill into Langstone Harbour from Budds Farm – its massive treatment works at Havant.

The sewage, which had only been crudely screened, was illegally pouring into Brockhampton Creek for more than a year.

Southern Water pleaded guilty yesterday at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court to 16 illegal discharges between April 29, 2008, and September 2, 2009.

The court also took 25 other discharges into account and handed out a £96,000 fine, plus £3,440 costs.

It is the second time in a fortnight that Southern Water has been fined. Last week it was fined £50,000 for releasing untreated sewage at Fort Cumberland, Eastney.

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