Hazardous Substances: Oldbury

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th June 2009.

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Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Labour, West Bromwich West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions have taken place between the Environment Agency and representatives of Rhodia, Oldbury on the future of wildlife at the Rattlechain chemical waste lagoon.

Photo of Dan Norris Dan Norris Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency has had ongoing discussions with representatives of Rhodia on the future of the Rattlechain chemical waste lagoon and its associated wildlife since closure as an operational site in March 2006. The waste management licence for the site is, however, still in force and therefore Rhodia is still required to monitor and secure it.

The Environment Agency is currently discussing with Rhodia what would be required if the company were to surrender the licence.

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brian bates
Posted on 17 Jul 2009 9:07 pm (Report this annotation)

Dozens of wildfowl have died on this open air site showing clinical signs of white phosphorus poisoning.
There is little future for wildlife on this pool for obvious reasons.