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From: -Sue Everett
I am a councillor involved in negotiations and remediation of a former domestic refuse tip.
My council is to take a lease on this site from the unitary authority but there are some matters to tidy up, including we need to know whether the recent capping of the site done by the unitary authority was adequate to make the site fit for the use we propose (informal recreation). Some heavy metal contamination was detected prior to capping this rather old waste site.
All I need to find is some information on fitness of use so that I can work out whether the capping has been adequate or not. But I am bamboozled by the web site and just dont know where to look. Maybe the proposed govt guidelines due this year would help, but I thought that there had been some Waste Management Papers which gave the guidance I needed.
How can I find out, via your site, the information that I need?
Hi there Sue
Sorry that the website bamboozled you abit (it gets like that you leave it alone for a couple of days and it thinks its in charge !)
P.S. The doctrine of 'Caveat Emptor' (buyer beware) is very important in these matters, so I would get legal advice over who will be ultimately responsible (in the eyes of the law) for any pollution arising from contamination present in the landfill (ie if you buy outright - you are liable, maybe if you have enough warranties in your lease then you won't be responsible) - but that's something for an Environmental Lawyer to advise you on.
Any old waste sites could have problems with gas, leachate and other contaminants. Proper assessment is really required before you take responsibility for it. Waste Management Paper 27 may give you some help and guidance.
Feel free to contact me for further details.
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