We must not take risks with wood dust
NO laws or regulations may have been broken but nevertheless there is surely a case for genuine concern about the dust that still settles on streets in Avonmouth.
And that concern is only going to be increased by expert Professor Graham Cliff's claim that these particles are the new asbestos.
By that he means we will not know what the effects of them will be for maybe another 30 years.
Surely that in itself should be enough to get action taken.
What is clearly needed here is a thorough investigation.
And if necessary further measures to prevent these particles of woodchip dust escaping.
No-one wants to see decent businesses damaged or their production undermined.
But equally a situation where local people could be put at risk from a by-product of a business is just as unacceptable.
Years ago Avonmouth's air was polluted on a daily basis. But those days have gone and people living there have every right to expect to be able to breathe clean air.
The firm involved may well be complying will every regulation.
But it may well be that the regulations are not stringent enough and need to be tightened up. We cannot afford to leave it to chance.