Brofiscin Quarry.

David Brook-Thomas made this Freedom of Information request to Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

Rhondda Cynon Taff Council did not have the information requested.

From: David Brook-Thomas

2 March 2012

Dear Rhondda Cynon Taff Council,

Re: In continuance of my Freedom of Informations Act 2000 requests.

I would respectfully refer your good-selves to the following
feature written in the Ecologist 11th October, 2007 :

http://www.theecologist.org/The_Brofisci...

Under the Freedom of Informations Act (FOI), I would require to
know whether of not Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council (RCT)
considers Brofiscin Quarry to be the most polluted place in the
United Kingdom (UK)

Furthermore, under the FOI should RCT’s reply indicate that they do
not consider Brofiscin Quarry to be the most polluted place in the
UK, I would request the fullest details of RCT’s position on the
level and consistency of the pollution to be found at Brofiscin
Quarry.

Yours faithfully,

David Brook-Thomas MSc

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From: Wilkins, Andrew \(Legal\)
Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

5 March 2012

Dear Sir

Thank you for your request for information which is receiving the Authority's attention.

We shall contact you again in due course.

Kind regards

Corporate Governance Unit
On behalf of the Director of Legal and Democratic Services
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

-----Original Message-----
From: David Brook-Thomas
[mailto:[FOI #108079 email]]
Sent: 02 March 2012 22:07
To: Freedomofinformation
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Brofiscin Quarry.

Dear Rhondda Cynon Taff Council,

Re: In continuance of my Freedom of Informations Act 2000 requests.

I would respectfully refer your good-selves to the following
feature written in the Ecologist 11th October, 2007 :

http://www.theecologist.org/The_Brofisci...

Under the Freedom of Informations Act (FOI), I would require to
know whether of not Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council (RCT)
considers Brofiscin Quarry to be the most polluted place in the
United Kingdom (UK)

Furthermore, under the FOI should RCT’s reply indicate that they do
not consider Brofiscin Quarry to be the most polluted place in the
UK, I would request the fullest details of RCT’s position on the
level and consistency of the pollution to be found at Brofiscin
Quarry.

Yours faithfully,

David Brook-Thomas MSc

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From: Freedomofinformation
Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

16 March 2012

Dear Mr Brook-Thomas

The Council determined the site at Brofiscin Quarry as Contaminated Land and a Special Site in 2005 in accordance with legal requirements. The Council does not speculate on the level of contamination at Brofiscin Quarry relative to other sites in the United Kingdom and did not make the statement quoted from the Ecologist magazine.

The Council and Environment Agency Wales have undertaken detailed studies into the contamination at Brofiscin Quarry and information relating to these studies can be viewed at both organisations' websites:

http://www.rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Kind Regards

Corporate Governance Unit
On behalf of the Director of Legal and Democratic Services
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

-----Original Message-----
From: David Brook-Thomas
[mailto:[FOI #108079 email]]
Sent: 02 March 2012 22:07
To: Freedomofinformation
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Brofiscin Quarry.

Dear Rhondda Cynon Taff Council,

Re: In continuance of my Freedom of Informations Act 2000 requests.

I would respectfully refer your good-selves to the following
feature written in the Ecologist 11th October, 2007 :

http://www.theecologist.org/The_Brofisci...

Under the Freedom of Informations Act (FOI), I would require to
know whether of not Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council (RCT)
considers Brofiscin Quarry to be the most polluted place in the
United Kingdom (UK)

Furthermore, under the FOI should RCT’s reply indicate that they do
not consider Brofiscin Quarry to be the most polluted place in the
UK, I would request the fullest details of RCT’s position on the
level and consistency of the pollution to be found at Brofiscin
Quarry.

Yours faithfully,

David Brook-Thomas MSc

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From: David Brook-Thomas

17 March 2012

Dear Freedomofinformation,

Re Brofiscin Quarry.

Thank you for your reply.
There appears to be a number of inconsistency involved. I will
study the matter further and most probably return to you with
further questions.

Yours sincerely,

David Brook-Thomas

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From: David Brook-Thomas

5 May 2012

Dear Freedom of information,

You have stated: The Council,(RCT) and Environment Agency Wales
have undertaken detailed studies into the contamination at
Brofiscin Quarry and information relating to these studies can be
viewed at both organisations' websites:

I concur this is correct.

However, you have also acknowledged that RCT has no idea of the
extent of the toxic cocktail contain at Brofiscin, due the unknown
results of the interaction between known, and unknown chemicals,
and their collective,(inevitable mixing with each other) and
individual reactions,(with the natural environment), deposited
there.

This being the case I would like to know, under the FOI Act 2000,
what steps RCT are taking to ensure that the unknown chemical
releases into surrounding ground, aquifer and biosphere are not
creating a toxic time-bomb, in the area and beyond, for all the
inhabitants, animal, and plant life.

Yours sincerely,

David Brook-Thomas

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From: Freedomofinformation
Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

15 May 2012

Dear Sir

In accordance with the exemption set out in s21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act) the information requested is exempted from disclosure as it is information reasonably accessible to you by other means. Accordingly, in accordance with Section 17 of the Act this e-mail acts as a refusal notice.

RCTCBC, EAW, Public Health Wales, Cwm Taf Local Health Board, Health Protection Agency and various Environmental Consultants, have worked together to consider all available information gained from the investigations, in line with statutory guidance. The investigations have enabled the Authority to develop an appropriate remediation package based on available evidence and current scientific understanding, which seeks to address any potential risks to human health as well as the pollution of controlled waters.

Further information on the action being taken is available on the RCTCBC and EAW websites and found via the links previously provided to you.

As you may be aware you have a right of appeal against this decision. If you wish to exercise this right please set out in writing your grounds and send your appeal to the Council's Corporate Feedback Co-ordinator. Her name is Mrs. Christine Macey and she may be reached at [email address].

Additionally you may, if you wish, find out more about the Act from the Information Commissioner at http://www.ico.gov.uk/.

Kind regards

Corporate Governance Unit
On behalf of the Director of Legal and Democratic Services
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

-----Original Message-----
From: David Brook-Thomas
[mailto:[FOI #108079 email]]
Sent: 05 May 2012 19:05
To: Freedomofinformation
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Brofiscin Quarry.

Dear Freedom of information,

You have stated: The Council,(RCT) and Environment Agency Wales
have undertaken detailed studies into the contamination at
Brofiscin Quarry and information relating to these studies can be
viewed at both organisations' websites:

I concur this is correct.

However, you have also acknowledged that RCT has no idea of the
extent of the toxic cocktail contain at Brofiscin, due the unknown
results of the interaction between known, and unknown chemicals,
and their collective,(inevitable mixing with each other) and
individual reactions,(with the natural environment), deposited
there.

This being the case I would like to know, under the FOI Act 2000,
what steps RCT are taking to ensure that the unknown chemical
releases into surrounding ground, aquifer and biosphere are not
creating a toxic time-bomb, in the area and beyond, for all the
inhabitants, animal, and plant life.

Yours sincerely,

David Brook-Thomas

-----Original Message-----

Dear Mr Brook-Thomas

The Council determined the site at Brofiscin Quarry as Contaminated
Land and a Special Site in 2005 in accordance with legal
requirements. The Council does not speculate on the level of
contamination at Brofiscin Quarry relative to other sites in the
United Kingdom and did not make the statement quoted from the
Ecologist magazine.

The Council and Environment Agency Wales have undertaken detailed
studies into the contamination at Brofiscin Quarry and information
relating to these studies can be viewed at both organisations'
websites:

http://www.rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Kind Regards

Corporate Governance Unit
On behalf of the Director of Legal and Democratic Services
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

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From: David Brook-Thomas

16 May 2012

Dear Freedomofinformation,

Thank you for your reply which is inadequate and therefore
unacceptable. I am on holidays from the morrow and I will respond
fully upon my return, and after further considerations.

Yours sincerely,

David Brook-Thomas

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From: David Brook-Thomas

13 October 2012

Dear Wilkins. Andrew...Further Freedon of Information Requests

Dear Sir It appears to me, and I take it that I am legally entailed
to express my opinion, that in the matter of Brofiscin Quarry there
is a reluctance on the part of RCT to be open and honest.

It would appear to me that Human Health and the environment are in
a serious danger from the expulsion of the side effect from the
unquantifiable toxic cocktail to be found at Brofiscin Quarry.

Certainly the best practise of toxic waste management are not being
followed.

RCT, AND OTHER AGENCIES, OBVIOUSLY HOLD WRITTEN REPORTS ON THE
CONDITION AND GROUND AND AIRBORNE TOXIC EMISSIONS FROM THIS
ENVIRONMENTALLY DISASTROUS SITE.

Therefore under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I want to know
why RCT, or its agents not given Brofiscin Quarry A public
Remediation Certificate' stating how the site has been remediated
to a 'suitable for use' standard.

Furthermore under the FOI Act 2000 I want to see confirmation from
Planning and/or Environmental Protection Team that the contaminated
land conditions have Thomasbeen fully complied with and therefore
discharged, and that there are no outstanding issues.

Yours sincerely,

David Brook-Thomas

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