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Drax denies health and safety breaches

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Drax has denied risking workers’ health by exposing them to wood dust.

In September, it was revealed that the owner of Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire has been accused of two breaches of health and safety legislation and facing criminal prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive.

During a short hearing at Leeds Magistrates’ Court, the energy producer indicated it would plead not guilty to the charges. The case has been transferred to Leeds Crown Court for a hearing on 31 December.

Drax Power Station generates around 14 TWh of electricity to power the equivalent of four million UK homes. Drax is currently planning to develop bioenergy with carbon capture and storage at its site. The technology could permanently remove 8 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere annually.