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TORRIDGE BIDS TO END PLANT SMELLS

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Torridge DC this week launched a High Court bid to close a meat rendering plant which has made life a misery for re...
Torridge DC this week launched a High Court bid to close a meat rendering plant which has made life a misery for residents of a north Devon village.

The plant in Great Torrington is working flat out to cope with the demands of the BSE cull, but locals say the smell is so bad the village has been renamed 'Great Stinkington'.

The council refused authorisation for the plant to continue operations in January 1994, arguing that it could not meet the condition that 'all emissions shall be free from offensive odours'.

A DoE inspector supported this condition, but the company appealed to environment secretary John Gummer.

Last August Mr Gummer authorised continuing operations. He said doing away with offensive odours outside the plant boundary was an objective to be 'aimed at'.
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