Wednesday, May 31, 2006

"Poisoned school site is a ‘minefield’"

THE site of a new £5million primary school to be built on a former dump site has been branded a "toxic minefield".
Furious Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne said plans to expose 550 young children to deadly poisons lurking beneath the site at Harcourt Street, Reddish were "outrageous".
Experts found dangerous contaminants in boreholes which included deposits of benzo-pyrene, which can cause bladder, skin and lung cancer.
And two hotspots in the holes drilled reveal high levels of deadly arsenic, nickel and lead.
The Greater Manchester Geological Unit’s report stated: "If all the remediation recommendations provided in the report are followed, it can be concluded that the site may be developed safely, and may be considered suitable for use."
[Click the headline for the full story on the Stockport Express website.]