Caerwent recycling firm boss found guilty of waste charges

South Wales Argus: IN COURT: Jacqueline Powell at the Wormtech site in Caerwent IN COURT: Jacqueline Powell at the Wormtech site in Caerwent

THE former boss of a recycling firm was today found guilty of allowing a site to store waste in a way that could have caused a risk to human health.

Jacqueline Powell, 58, was a director of Wormtech Ltd, a company that composted food waste in Caerwent, Monmouthshire, at the time of the offence, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

The company treated green waste from boroughs including Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen and Monmouthshire.

Powell, of Manor Way, Cardiff, was found guilty of one count of consenting to or conniving as a director of a company of treating, keeping or disposing controlled waste on land in a manner likely to cause pollution to the environment or harm to human health.

She was also found guilty of two counts of consenting to or conniving as a director of a company of failing to comply with a condition of an environmental permit.

A third count of being in failing to comply with an environmental permit was ordered to lie on file.

Powell had denied all the charges.

A jury comprising nine men and three women took around four hours to reach verdicts on all the counts.

Judge Neil Bidder, QC, adjourned the case for sentencing to February 13.

Judge Bidder granted bail to Powell on condition that she co-operates with the probation service so that a pre-sentence report may be produced.

The judge also fixed the date of a Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation hearing to May 30.

Prosecutor Tim Evans told the court that any funds recovered would be used to compensate the Environment Agency, which spent money clearing the Wormtech site after the company left Caerwent.

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2:43pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

And yet fracking is ok? Consistency - that's what I love about our legal system (sarcasm)
And yet fracking is ok? Consistency - that's what I love about our legal system (sarcasm) GardenVarietyMushroom

4:55pm Thu 23 Jan 14

bluebanana says...

Very bizarre comment! Fracking and waste storage/recycling are chalk and cheese.
Very bizarre comment! Fracking and waste storage/recycling are chalk and cheese. bluebanana

5:08pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Both are environmental contamination issues are they not?
Both are environmental contamination issues are they not? GardenVarietyMushroom

11:55pm Thu 23 Jan 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

No fracking does not involve injecting waste into the earth, I see your point that it is an environment issue as overtime it will change the structure of the rock structure which can only lead to earth quakes and subsidence. However I don't really see the connection :)
No fracking does not involve injecting waste into the earth, I see your point that it is an environment issue as overtime it will change the structure of the rock structure which can only lead to earth quakes and subsidence. However I don't really see the connection :) grumpyandopinionated

12:01am Fri 24 Jan 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

Good luck to the environment agency in recovering the cost of clearing up the mess as they think it's going to cost £417,900.
Good luck to the environment agency in recovering the cost of clearing up the mess as they think it's going to cost £417,900. grumpyandopinionated

9:09am Fri 24 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

grumpyandopinionated wrote:
No fracking does not involve injecting waste into the earth, I see your point that it is an environment issue as overtime it will change the structure of the rock structure which can only lead to earth quakes and subsidence. However I don't really see the connection :)
Waste? No. Toxic chemicals? Absolutely - between 80 and 300 tonnes per frack apparently. Mixed with millions of litres of water and then ... put where exactly? Not to mention, of course, the risk of contamination from methane and radioactive isotopes released into the water table by the process.

The government of course says it's safe - not because it's inherently safe but because it will be strictly controlled and regulated in order to avoid any mishaps. I'll leave that for you to decide on whether or not you believe that's possible, or even likely.
[quote][p][bold]grumpyandopinionated[/bold] wrote: No fracking does not involve injecting waste into the earth, I see your point that it is an environment issue as overtime it will change the structure of the rock structure which can only lead to earth quakes and subsidence. However I don't really see the connection :)[/p][/quote]Waste? No. Toxic chemicals? Absolutely - between 80 and 300 tonnes per frack apparently. Mixed with millions of litres of water and then ... put where exactly? Not to mention, of course, the risk of contamination from methane and radioactive isotopes released into the water table by the process. The government of course says it's safe - not because it's inherently safe but because it will be strictly controlled and regulated in order to avoid any mishaps. I'll leave that for you to decide on whether or not you believe that's possible, or even likely. GardenVarietyMushroom

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