Recently, I met with Tata Steel to discuss the issues around dust and emissions following several complaints from residents across Port Talbot.
The people of Port Talbot are incredibly supportive of the steel works but know that along with the many benefits this long-standing industry brings to our community, there are also some challenges which I know the residents nearby are facing.
I also know that Tata Steel takes its relationship with the local community very seriously, and the company has recognised the challenges created over summer periods with fine, dry weather with prevailing south-westerly winds – causing dust from various sources to affect residents’ homes and cars.
They have assured me they are continuing to look for and implement opportunities for environmental improvements on the site and want to work more closely with neighbours, on-site contractors and regulators to do so.
The company is investing millions of pounds in environmental improvements every year, which includes some short term measures – such as increasing water spraying on roads – and also doing detailed planning for projects which need big investment and could take longer. There is also a more user-friendly complaints system in place. These improvements and projects are being monitored by the regulator, Natural Resources Wales, to ensure the commitments are delivered.
I meet with Tata Steel on a regular basis and will be following the environmental improvements work very closely to make sure it delivers for the residents of Port Talbot.
Local residents experiencing any issues can contact Tata Steel by calling its dedicated Community Support Line on 0800 138 6560 or by visiting www.tatasteeleurope.com/complaints