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Blaze at NIPA Laboratories site in Oswaldtwistle was ‘arson’

Stuart Pike

August 03, 2012

The aftermath of the fire at the Nook Lane site The aftermath of the fire at the Nook Lane site

A blaze at a site at the centre of a fly outbreak is being treated as arson.

Firefighters were called to the site off Nook Lane, Oswaldtwistle at around 2.15am on Thursday, August 2 after 100 bales of waste went up in flames.

Police, Hyndburn council and Environment Agency officers also attended the scene at the former NIPA Laboratories site.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue spokesman John Taylor said it was now being investigated as a probable arson by police.

He added: “We will contribute where we can in terms of forensic evidence.”

Fly-tipped waste dumped at the site has been linked to an infestation of flies in the town, and is being investigated by the Environment Agency.

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charity sweet (03/08/2012 at 20:33)

press release: Toxic Chemical Catastrophe Happening In Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire part 1

there was no a warning sign of any kind, no official of any sort present, no cordon, no notice – health warning – hazard sign – nothing.
Wiggan council gave this rubbish its notice to leave as was being illegally dumped and why did Hyndburn Council give the green light to move it by Blakely’s into Oswaldtwistle?
Eighteen months ago, a member of Oswaldtwistle community complained to the council about large lorries traveling down small lanes at stupid o’clock in the morning. The council explained then that it was merely wind farm equipment being moved for a wind farm that does not presently exist.
Eighteen months later and the Ossy community became infested with flies; the same as Wiggan did oddly enough- what was supposed to be only card and plastic turned out to be household rubbish.

*** but the difference between Wiggan and Hyndburn is the site at Nook Lane is a well known declared chemically contaminated site*** (cont’d part 2)

charity sweet (03/08/2012 at 20:35)

press release: Toxic Chemical Catastrophe Happening In Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire part 2The Cocker chemical plant that had already taken local life from its employee who constantly suffered with chest infections and the community that developed ms and leukemia, was closed in 2006 and declared a contaminated site.When some of the buildings were demolished, the surrounding concrete was left remaining to act as a safety mechanism and it was agreed the land should not be disturbed for at least twenty years. Hyndburn Council forgot?Hyndburn council decided to build a nature reserve surrounding an extremely dangerous toxic site. The idiots at Blakely’s decided it was a good idea to dig some very big 40 foot holes to bury the rubbish and have unleashed the smell of TCP back into the community 6 years after the plant has closed – all to save a buck.After interviewing the Environmental Agency on site, it was explained that the fire service had been in regular attendence to see whats what and has expressly stated their men would not go near that black pit of s*** which means it must be an extreme hazard to life as nothing stops firemen and women from saving life.When asked, the EA said they would not be testing the black pit as ‘they’ know whats in it and are taking water samples from the stream only to “appease the public”. The public does not know whats in that pit but the EA and the council does. They knew long before the holes began to be dug on a chemical factories condemned contaminated toxic site where mine shafts also run beneath.

I would say its a bit of an ecological catastrophe and a potential disaster waiting to happen to be perfectly honest.

charitysweet, oswaldtwistle (07/08/2012 at 18:49)


fair comment: why is there no mention of chemical waste being unearthed? Is it because the Environment Agency that tested the waters upstream said there was no sign of contamination in the brook? Did the EA test for known chemicals buried when the site was declared contaminated?Sincerely,
Charity Sweet aka tree hugger

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