Cheshire salt mine battle

Residents objecting to the use of a Cheshire salt mine as a dump for potentially hazardous waste will begin their High Court battle next month. But their case suffered a setback this week when they failed to win an adjournment, which would have allowed them to bring in the Environmental Agency as a defendant. Last December deputy prime minister John Prescott granted planning permission for Minosus Ltd to deposit up to two million tonnes of waste in caves created by mining work in the Winsford area.

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