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Brook to turn green in Oswaldtwistle ‘plague of flies’ probe
2:54pm Wednesday 15th August 2012 in News
A BROOK near an illegal waste site is to turn bright green as part of an investigation.
The Environment Agency have planned to carry out dye tracing work in Lottice Brook, Oswaldtwistle near an illeal waste site which has caused a plague of flies in the area.
The decision is part of the EA’s ongoing investigation into the drainage system on the Nook Lane site. Residents and walkers have been warned they may notice the water in Lottice Brook change to a luminous green colour.
The change in colour is expected and the EA are alerting people there is no need to report this to their incident hotline.
The Environment Agency have also been in meetings with Hyndburn Council to advise them on the progress of the investigation.
David Welsby, Chief Executive from Hyndburn Borough Council, said: “We take this situation extremely seriously and have had very constructive meetings to find solutions to the problem.
We understand this has been having an unacceptable impact on the Hyndburn community.”
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Although since the closure of the plant in 2006 the majority of the buildings have
buildings near the site entrance off Nook Lane. The Hazardous Substances Consent
(HSC), which was in force on this site (Application No. PR/03/0007), allowed for the
storage of 50 tonnes of Para chologophenyl isocyanate, 154.6 tonnes of Benzl
chloride, 685 tonnes Benzoisothiazoline and 166 tonnes of Perchloroethylene. Due
to the existence of the HSC, the site was a Notification Site under the Control of
Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations 1999. The oval shaped ConsultationParagraph 2.6.
During this time 2000 local residents were advised to stay indoors by the Police. The company
were fined £21,900 and £75,000 in fines and costs.Zone relating to this Notification extends 800 metres to the north, 493 metres to the
east, 373 metres to the south and 338 metres to the west from the centre of the site.Figure 3. Plan illustrating the proposed change to the boundary of the Green Belt.3.9
Notwithstanding the location of the site in the Green Belt, whilst a Hazardous
Substance Consent remains extant, the Health and Safety Executive will continue to
apply the consultation zones, limiting the amount and type of development that could
be undertaken within the area of the zones. In January 2009 the Council presented
a report to its Planning Committee seeking authority to make an order to revoke the
It is likely that the site is contaminated by a variety of chemical substances, however,
the extent or severity of contamination is not known. Redevelopment of the site must
a condition fit for the proposed afteruse.
PLANNING COMMITTEE – Hyndburn Borough Council
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