A spokesperson for the company confirmed it had received notice of legal action from the HSE in relation to wood dust at the power station but said it could not comment further as it was an ongoing legal issue.
“The health, safety and wellbeing of our colleagues is a priority for Drax,” the spokesperson added.
The charges, which first reported by Sky News, have reignited criticism of Drax’ biomass strategy from environmentalists, who say burning wood pellets risks wasting multimillion pound subsidies and fuelling the climate crisis.
Drax received subsidies – which are levied on energy bills – totalling £790m in 2019 and £832m in 2020, according to analysis by climate thinktank Ember. Phil MacDonald, Ember’s chief operating officer, told Sky News: “I very much hope that the health of workers has not been ignored as the UK has embraced biomass as a climate-friendly electricity source.