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AD plant clean-up continues

Posted 2 June 2014

Clear: The access road to the AD plant was fully cleared over the weekend. Digestate is now contained within the plant.

The clean-up operation is continuing at the Harper Adams University anaerobic digestion plant. 

University Vice-Chancellor Dr David Llewellyn said: “Over the weekend, digestate from the processing tank, which collapsed on Friday (May 30) was all cleared from the site access road.

“The spill is now contained within the AD site. Cleaning efforts continue within that area.

“We are working with the Environment Agency and specialist contractors on the management of future stages of the clean-up operation.

“The Environment Agency is also conducting routine monitoring of the local watercourse. No release of pollution has been detected so far.

“Assessment of the damage to the AD facility is ongoing. As reported in our earlier statements, we have ceased power production from the plant until we have a full assessment of the implications of the incident.

“We continue to advise drivers passing the site not to unnecessarily slow down to view the damaged structure and clean-up operation. Our principal concern is to avoid anyone being hurt by someone causing a road accident.

“The AD plant is located on a site some distance from the main campus and all other university business is continuing as normal this week, including the full examination timetable.

“The only exception to this is that we have, regrettably, taken the decision to cancel our Open Farm Sunday event on June 8. This is out of consideration for some of the key staff members who would have been working at Open Farm Sunday, who are heavily involved in the AD clean-up operation.”

“A further opportunity to visit the Harper Adams Farm will be provided at our summer open day on Sunday, 6th July, when we would be delighted to welcome visitors."

While not a full open farm event, Harper Adams University open days provide an opportunity to view the farm during tractor-trailer tours, in addition to on-foot tours of the wider campus.

People wishing to visit a farm this weekend can visit to Open Farm Sunday website www.farmsunday.org to search for other local events. 

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