A local authority is in the process of formally determining 16 industrial units on landfill gas grounds.
17 March 2016 / Contaminated land
North Lincolnshire Council has written to 16 industrial premises in Scunthorpe warning them landfill gas concerns pose significant possibility of significant harm
The Council is in the process of formally determining the sites and has confirmed it rates them Category 1 or Category 2.
The 40ha site was an ironstone quarry used for municipal waste landfill by Humberside County Council and its predecessors between 1945 and 1978.
Commercial units were built on the site between the 1960s and 1980s and 8ha of it is public open space.
The Council undertook an initial Phase 1 desk study in 2011.
A ground investigation report was prepared by the The Environmental Protection Group Ltd in 2013 and it concluded there is a significant possibility of significant harm from landfill gas and human health risks from direct contact pathways via exposure to near surface capping soils within a public open space.
A separate report on asbestos in the capping soils
was carried out by LQM the same year which concluded asbestos risks would not fall within Part 2A, although risks might need consideration under other legal contexts.
The Council has written to the 16 properties it considers to be Category 1 or 2 to warn them action is needed and to 36 others rated Category 3 to say monitoring is needed and annual checks will be carried out.
Checks were carried out on nearby residential properties in Lilac Avenue and Warwick Avenue in the 1990s and the Council says protection measures were put in place.