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2012 GREEN ALERT

PUBLISHED: 16:03 09 May 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 21 July 2010

Olympic chiefs have been accused of undermining attempts to run the greenest games in history...

Olympic chiefs have been accused of undermining attempts to run the greenest games in history.

Hackney Council has criticised proposals to transport fuel by gas-guzzling trucks to the Energy Centre on the Olympic park site instead of using eco-friendly barges down the River Lea.

The local authority insists it is a "major deficiency" and will thwart plans to run a sustainable Games.

Concern is focused on the Energy Centre, which is being built on an industrial site formerly known as King's Yard.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) says the centre is an important part of its pledge to deliver a green Games.

The building will be run on biomass, an environmentally friendly fuel which will provide heat and electricity to the Olympic park.

Town hall staff believe the benefits of using the fuel will be undermined by an increase in lorries clogging up the borough's roads.

Their critical response is outlined in a report to go before the planning committee next Tuesday.

The ODA this week refused to rule out using the canal network to transport material to the Olympic park.

A spokesman said on Tuesday: "We are investigating opportunities for the use of the canals to transport material to the Energy Centre and are continuing to discuss these opportunities with Hackney Council and other partners involved in the project."

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