An environmental group is claiming that evidence shows that hazardous waste being dumped at Wingmoor Farm waste site in Bishop’s Cleeve, Gloucestershire can no longer be contained within the site and has been found up to 250 metres away.
Safety in Waste and Rubbish Disposal (SWARD) say that three separate pieces of evidence show that hazardous dust from air pollution control residues (APC) is not being contained within the site as it should be, and underline the need for the site to be shut down.
Grundon Waste Management, which operates the site, is currently in the process of applying to extend its operations there for another 10 years.
SWARD believe that their evidence demonstrates that this should not be allowed to happen. Dr Andrew Tubb who conducted a study into the APC on behalf of SWARD said: “The result of my investigations show beyond reasonable doubt that APC is found outside of the Wingmoor Farm Hazardous Waste Site.”
APC is a hazardous material and should not be allowed to escape into the environment.”
The study by Dr Tubb, is according to SWARD, further reinforced by the publication of an analysis of dust monitoring conducted by DustScan on behalf of the Environment Agency (EA).
The report states: “The study showed that dust associated with APC could be detected in some directional dust samples collected beyond the site boundary. On one occasion, about 250 metres from Wingmoor Farm, the dust was strongly associated with APC.”
Speaking to the local Gloucestershire news in response to SWARD’s claims, a spokesman for Grundon Waste Management said: “Grundon has been carrying out dust sampling and monitoring on Wingmoor Farm for least 12 years. This includes regular health checks on employees.
All of the results indicate there are no risks to health or the environment.”
However, SWARD trustee Barbara Farmer told MRW: “If this is what happens when the site is apparently operating normally, what would happen if were an accident? No-one can predict the long term impact of this additional chemical burden on our communities.
“The reports and photo evidence vindicate public fears and underline the need for this hazardous waste site to be shut down now.”