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Environmentalists join Avonmouth biofuel plant protest

Proposals to build a biofuel plant at Avonmouth near Bristol have attracted 900 formal complaints, including opposition from environmentalists.

Renewable energy group W4B said the 'green' power station would run on 70,000 tonnes of vegetable oil a year.

But Bristol Friends of the Earth said demand for the main source of oil - tropical palm trees - outstripped supply, so it was not sustainable.

City planners will decide on 24 February whether to approve the scheme.

Friends of the Earth said that all the palm oil currently being produced was already being used and any increase in demand would lead to deforestation of rainforests to make way for bigger palm plantations.

But a spokesman for W4B said the group was was committed to independent monitoring of the fuel sources to ensure they were 100% sustainable.

The issue is being investigated by the BBC's Inside Out West programme on 15 February at 1930 GMT on BBC One.



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