2) Why were no plans in place for the safe removal of this rubble?
3) When will these rubble piles be removed from site?
1) The ODA have admitted to finding asbestos cement (chrysotile) in the soil. The serious and potentially fatal effects of asbestos are detailed here. The ODA have also admitted that discovery of this substance briefly ‘suspended work on site’.
2) They have also admitted to the Environment Agency that ‘elevated heavy metals’ have been discovered in the ground. One of these is presumably lead, high levels of which were found in 2 of the 5 samples taken before work was undertaken. The effects of lead poisoning can be found here.
3) Furthermore, the ODA have admitted that in the sampling of just two small stockpiles numerous small fragments of asbestos cement sheet were noted. The stockpiles overall comprised of ‘predominantly granular soils, with fragments of ash, clinker, rusted metal, brick, concrete and other inclusions’.
4) The ODA are planning to ‘re-use’ this ‘retained material’ and ‘cover it with topsoil’ and then seed/ re-turf this soil!