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PRESCOTT CHALLENGED TO BAN 'DIRTY FUEL'

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Deputy prime minister John Prescott is being challenged to ban the use of the 'dirty fuel' petcoke at Europe's bigg...
Deputy prime minister John Prescott is being challenged to ban the use of the 'dirty fuel' petcoke at Europe's biggest coal-fired power plant.

Environmental campaigners want Mr Prescott to refuse permission to National Power to use the by-product of the United States oil industry to cut costs at Drax power station near Hull.

The Yorkshire Post (p6) reports that Mr Prescott's has promised to press for reductions in pollution during Britain's presidency of the EU.

This has raised campaigners' hopes that he will reject National Power's plans to blend at least one million tonnes of petcoke a year with conventional coal.

Toni Smith of the environmental group Breach Marine Protection said of Mr Prescott, 'He should not be allowed to make these glib comments and not back them up. The government has already backtracked on too many promises made before they gained power.'
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