Pollution present and expected in Halton Cheshire UK

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Dear Environment Agency,

Can you please explain the process or processes in place to clean up the Weston Marsh Lagoon, Frodsham Marsh Lagoon, Randle Island Landfill all in the Borough of Halton and the Holford near Northwich Boreholes (containing halogenated still bottoms and reaction residues).
Has any process been activated or intended to be activated to incinerate the waste from any of the sites. If incineration has been considered will the existing incinerator at Weston Point in Halton be considered or the planned incinerator at Ince Marshes near Halton or both.

Has the environmental damage been considered with the dumping of excessive amounts of salt and contaminates from the Holford brine field into the waterways at Runcorn Halton, with the use of the existing pipe-way and the proposed new extension pipe-way into the Mersey.

Is air monitoring procedures in place to monitor around these waste sites for pollutants that could be released or are already an issue due to weather conditions? Is there a policy in place to monitor the waste both fly ash and stack particles and gases, for particulate pollutants such as the heavy metals of antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel , thallium, and vanadium. Gaseous pollutants: Hydrogen chloride, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen fluoride and nitrogen oxide, from the present and future incinerator.

Having previously requested information from Halton BC, and got a reply to contact your good office.

Yours faithfully,

James A Owen

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Cooke, Claire, Environment Agency

Dear James,

Thank you for your email which was received by our Customer Contact Centre on 23 July 2018

Your new reference number is: GMMC93809CC

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Dear James

Thank you for your enquiry which was received on 23 July 2018.

We respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please see the answers to your questions and some supporting comments below that:

Can you please explain the process or processes in place to clean up the Weston Marsh Lagoon, Frodsham Marsh Lagoon, Randle Island Landfill all in the Borough of Halton and the Holford near Northwich Boreholes (containing halogenated still bottoms and reaction residues).

I am not aware of any process or processed in place to clean up the Halton sites.

Has any process been activated or intended to be activated to incinerate the waste from any of the sites. If incineration has been considered will the existing incinerator at Weston Point in Halton be considered or the planned incinerator at Ince Marshes near Halton or both.

I am not aware of any process being activated or intending to be activated to incinerate any of the wastes from the Halton sites

Has the environmental damage been considered with the dumping of excessive amounts of salt and contaminates from the Holford brine field into the waterways at Runcorn Halton, with the use of the existing pipe-way and the proposed new extension pipe-way into the Mersey.

I am aware there was a proposal to discharge brine to the Mersey or ship canal some years ago however I am not aware if this ever happened.

Is air monitoring procedures in place to monitor around these waste sites for pollutants that could be released or are already an issue due to weather conditions?
The only emissions that I am aware of being monitored for are those required by the permits.

Is there a policy in place to monitor the waste both fly ash and stack particles and gases, for particulate pollutants such as the heavy metals of antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel , thallium, and vanadium. Gaseous pollutants: Hydrogen chloride, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen fluoride and nitrogen oxide, from the present and future incinerator.

The Weston Marsh Lagoon, Frodsham Marsh Lagoon, Randle Island Landfill don’t produce fly ash and stack particles and gases.

I think what the enquiry refers to as Holford may relate to Holford Brinefields, which are in Northwich, and specifically some of the brine cavities which were licensed to accept material specified under EAWML 53996. The brine cavities specified under EAWML 53996 are now designated as a closed landfill (closure notice served August 2011). The waste is deposited approximately 400m below the surface and there is no intention to remove the waste from these brine cavities. There is no discharge from these cavities to surface water or groundwater.

The decision to incinerate a waste at a permitted incinerator is a commercial decision based upon the permit limits the Environment Agency has set for the particular facility. All of the currently permitted incinerators that the Environment Agency regulate (non-hazardous waste >3tonnes/hr, hazardous waste >10tonnes/day) include detailed monitoring requirements and limits for emissions of gases from the stack, bottom ash/boiler fly, and water discharge to a surface water. This includes monitoring of the stack gases for the heavy metals and other gases identified, and also bottom ash/boiler fly ash for the metals identified. Copies of permits issued for any of the regulated incinerators are available on request.

The Environment Agency's records do not indicate that the property has been designated as a Special Site and there is accordingly no entry relating to it on the register maintained by the Environment Agency under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.For further information relating to land contamination it is recommended that you contact the relevant local authority.

Please refer to the Open Government Licence which explains the permitted use of this information.

Please get in touch if you have any further queries or contact us within two months if you’d like us to review the information we have sent.

Kind regards,

Claire Cooke
Customer and Engagement Officer
Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire
External: 0203 025 0048
Email: [email address]

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