MP confirms EA Public Admission of WAR CHEMICALS – Oswaldtwistle


Below is the response to your video that I have received;
28 August 2012 15:11
Thanks Graham

Although Blackley’s Waste has now been removed from the site, sadly it’s not the end of the Environment Agency’s or other regulatory organisations involvement here at Nook lane. The site remains a former chemical works and represents a hazard to both the environment and people. The video shows contaminated surface water associated with the historic use of the site and a number of more recent excavated areas. Information we are aware of following our inspections. I’ve looked through the video and there are an number of points to pick up and clarify. Most importantly, although the waste has been cleared the site is a formal chemical works, it remains hazardous and we would not wish that residents to be encouraged to enter for their own interest. The landowner may consider that this could be trespass also.

Access to the site and the hazard represented by the excavated areas.
This is a cause of concern and as a consequence the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have served formal enforcement notices on the landowner, Lockgate Mount Ltd requiring them put in place measures to restrict access. I’ve copied Mike Sebastian (HSE principal inspector) into this email. The HSE lead on this issue and should be able to add more detail here.

Contaminated water and site drainage
Surface water on site is contaminated due to the sites former use as a chemical works (the black water). The Environment Agency has concerns that surface water management on site is poor and drainage from the site is reaching the local stream, Lottice brook. As a consequence we have put in place a sampling and monitoring regime to determine the risk the site presents to water in Lottice brook and requested that the Landowner Lockgate Mount Ltd improve the situation on site to protect the stream. We are still awaiting an action plan from the landowner, if this is not forthcoming we may serve formal enforcement notices.

We are awaiting a full suite of results to determine the sites overall impact on the brook and currently talking with Hyndburn Council to determine if site should be designated as contaminated land.

Please be rest assured that we take this matter seriously, however this is a complex site with a history of chemical production and associated contamination over decades. It is the landowners responsibility to ensure that people and the environment are protected. Nevertheless, we are not anticipating that all the issues associated with past contamination will be resolved quickly.

I hope this answers the questions you have had following the video? If I can provide any more detail or assistance, or you wish to visit the site with our officers, please let me know.

Best Regards
Steve

Steve Molyneux
Environment Manager, Lancashire

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Hyndburn MP raises concerns over pollution on Oswaldtwistle brook

2:00pm Saturday 1st September 2012 in News

FEARS that a brook may be contaminated with surface water from a former chemical site have been raised by an MP.

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones is speaking with the Environment Agency, Lancashire County Council and Hyndburn Council over constituent’s fears that Lottice Brook has been contaminated by surface water on the former Nipa Laboratories site.

Correspondence between the MP and LCC has revealed the agencies concerned are investigating the possibity that disturbances at the site have affected the brook.

The land had seen a large fly infestation take hold after waste was tipped there illegally.

Mr Jones said constituents had been contacting him with their concerns and one resident had made a video of the site and sent it to him.

He said: “I have written to the Environment Agency following a video that has sent to my office.

“I have had a response from the EA and also discussed the matter with Hyndburn Council who are doing an excellent job. Things are moving forward and the two authorities should be thanked as this is a very problematic site.

“I will continue to work hard for the residents of Oswaldtwistle on this issue and have already visited the site with the various agencies”.

A response to Mr Jones’ query from LCC’s environment manager Steve Molyneux described the issue as ongoing.

He said: “The site remains a former chemical works and represents a hazard to both the environment and people. There is contaminated surface water associated with the historic use of the site and a number of more recently excavated areas.

“Surface water on site is contaminated due to the sites former use as a chemical works.

“The Environment Agency has concerns that surface water management on site is poor and drainage from the site is reaching the local stream, Lottice Brook.

“As a consequence we have put in place a sampling and monitoring regime to determine the risk and requested that the Landowner Lockgate Mount Ltd improve the situation on site to protect the stream.

“We are awaiting a full suite of results to determine the sites overall impact on the brook.”

Comments(3)

A Darener says…
4:17pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Told you, defence hopeless. Normal service resumed!

mrscharitysweet says…
4:57pm Mon 3 Sep 12

The garbage that was purported to be plastic on the waste transfer notice was known by the EA to be household rubbish since it left/ was evicted with EA’s knowledge from Wigan – a license was granted by someone to move or accept this evicted organic rubbish to a historically known chemically contaminated site; it was known to be organic when it was being moved and buried disturbing unknown extremely toxic chemicals. If the brave firemen, who put themselves in danger in order to deal with the blaze on site, had the good common sense to barricade the brook with sandbags to stop chemically contaminated water reaching said brook that was obviously flowing over the land… why has the EA not seen fit to do the exact same thing currently? Requesting? of Arthur Morgan to obey and stop breaking the law? How many times? Why is the EA going to Morgan with cup in hand instead of making a formal first and last demand with ensuing immediate court action? The EA and/or council has a duty of care to the community regardless of Mr. Morgan’s travel by helicopter lifestyle and should immediately seal off and signpost that site and send dear Arthur the bill. Sampling the water while allowing it to presently, obviously, continue to flow over, thru land with both known and unknown toxic chemicals contaminants beggars belief. Why is there not even one warning sign on the old cocker/Nipa war chemical site in the light of this public chemically contaminated admission? Are the council and the EA waiting for a fatality or injury to happen before something is done to prevent an accident from occurring while only brook samples are being taken – job done? It’s the firemen that are again being placed at risk as it is the firemen who will have to rescue anyone or any child that falls into danger unknowingly on that open site… it wont be our MP or the EA or the council that will be attending to rescue a member of the community. Does an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure not mean anything?

joobyboo says…
5:10pm Mon 3 Sep 12

I totally agree with mrscharitysweet, this site should have warning signs and the fencing/wall fixed to prevent children going on it. It is a very dangerous site to be left as it is, something needs doing now NOT after an accident!
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One comment

  1. This site NEEDS securing AND warning signs put up…..THEN it needs SEALING as it was and a notice issued….NOT TO BE DISTURBED FOR 20+ YEARS AS IT WAS BEFORE!

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