Owners of illegal Oswaldtwistle waste tip ordered to prevent further dangers (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Owners of illegal Oswaldtwistle waste tip ordered to prevent further dangers
1:00pm Saturday 29th September 2012 in News
OWNERS of an illegal waste tip site have been ordered to prevent further dangers to the public.
The Health and Safety Executive has issued a legal notice to the owners of the former NIPA laboratories site on Nook Lane, to close off the area from local children, according to MP Graham Jones.
Safety concerns are thought to have been raised as the contaminated site contains huge dug out craters, which have filled with water in recent downpours.
The Environment Agency are said to have also served notices ordering owners Lockgate Mount Ltd to submit a water management plan. The plan would address how to fill in or remove the craters and to prevent groundwater seeping into the nearby brook.
Concerns had been raised by local campaigners and politicians that dangers still remained, after the removal of illegally tipped waste. Hundreds of bales of rubbish, dumped without permits or planning permission, had caused huge swarms of flies to plague local homes.
MP Graham Jones said the agencies involved were working very hard to resolve the remaining dangers. He said: “The Health and Safety Executive wish to see the site fenced off and proper security provided.
“There is also a general issue about safety on the site. The EA are demanding that Lockgate produce a plan to ensure water does not run off and contaminate the surrounding area. There is also the issue of the craters, which need to be either filled in or drained.
“Both agencies tell me that if these notices are ignored, it will see a criminal prosecution launched. The agencies are working really hard on this and I know they plan another meeting with residents soon.”
The Environment Agency said they continue to work with the owners and other agencies and said they would continue to sample water at the site to monitor contamination.
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