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 Thursday, 9 January, 2003, 11:34 GMT
'Cowboy' coal blamed for pollution
pollution
The fuel can increase pollution in the atmosphere
Cowboy traders selling industrial coal to householders are being blamed for pollution and health problems.

Tests carried out by environmental health experts in the Brampton Bierlow area of Rotherham have shown abnormally high levels of sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere.

And they believe the main cause of the pollution is people in the former mining village burning cheap solid fuel.

Some residents are thought to be using petro-coke, which is intended for industrial furnaces, in their homes.

The fuel can increase sulphur dioxide levels which could cause asthma attacks or other respiratory problems.

A Rotherham Council spokeswoman said there were concerns about pollution in the Brampton Bierlow area of the district.

She said: "We are taking steps to counter the problem and are confident that the air quality levels will improve."


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