1. Does the land in its present state represent a health hazard?How long has it done so and when were the appropriate authorities aware of this situation?

2. Is there current legislation demanding capping of existing asbestos/toxic metal dumps?Is Impending legislation driving this initiative. (such as "Right to Roam" White Paper )

3. Has there been a full Environmental Impact Assessment report?
  • Has it been on display for sixteen weeks?
  • Where was it advertised?
  • Who has been informed?
4. Given the fact that the site is contaminated by heavy metals (feasibility study 2.1 1, 3.3 ) we understand that from the 1st April it will not be possible to disturb contaminated land, as set out in the 1995 Environment Act. What is the Council's response to this?

Who is the main contractor for this Project, what experience base are they working from?

6. What is the content of "coal and quarry waste" of what does it comprise? Where is it from ? Who will police and test the material throughout the project?

7, The use of such material in a capping operation will result in a highly acidic toxic metal mix of leachate draining from the site. What are the proposals in relation to this?

8. We are given to understand that the culverting of the stream would not be allowed permanently by the Environment Agency.Is this correct? What then will happen?

9. All vehicles leaving the site will need to be thoroughly decontaminated before rejoining the public highways in closed loop vehicle wash recycling systems (PPG 13,Ref. 5) Who will validate and police this process? How will the waste waters be correctly disposed of?

10 How will the large amounts of silt produced from this operation be prevented from polluting the watercourse?

1 l. Has there been a full traffic report? What is the proposed exact route or routes? Has the stress on traffic, the effect on the local economy and the large amounts of pollution caused by this operation been fully investigated? If so where is the report?
  • What exactly are "Off peak hours" (700.1) and does this mean all the vehicles will arrive during this time period.
  • What noise reducing devices will be employed?
  • Can we be assured that all vehicles and powered plant will use biodegradable oils and lubricants as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency in work close to a watercourse?

12. On form CDM 7 of the Feasibility Report - Risk Assessment Summary

If the various activities shown

(Specifically 100.1, 100.3, 400.1, 500.1, 500.2, 600.1, 600.2, 600.3, 600.6, 700.1, 700.2)

create contamination that exceeds the recommended levels (i.e. Action levels) What are the proposed emergency procedures?

  • How will they be implemented?
  • Who will control the operation?
  • How will the public be informed and protected?
  • How will medical checks be carried out, and by whom?

13. Option 5, of filling over tree stumps will cause "future settlement" (Vegetation rots away leaving a gas filled void).

Option 6, which has robust drainage, terracing and support measures, causes too much disturbance of the contaminated land. Is the Council prepared to consider other, safer, cheaper options i.e. that proposed by Stuart Bradshaw ?

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