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Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether action to remedy chemical contamination in and around Brofiscin Quarry has commenced; and whether appropriate persons for the remediation of Brofiscin Quarry have been identified. [HL723]

Since October 2008, as part of a planned programme over at least three years, the Environment Agency has been undertaking a series of remediation assessment actions at Brofiscin Quarry. It has completed a water balance survey for the quarry and a monitored natural attenuation feasibility study for contaminated groundwater beneath it. The monitoring data collected demonstrate that natural processes occurring in the groundwater are continuing to break down the contaminants.

The Environment Agency has concluded its investigations to identify those it believes responsible for remediation at Brofiscin Quarry. It has held discussions with those identified in order to secure funding for voluntary remediation actions. Discussions are ongoing and the Environment Agency is keen to reach an agreement without the need for expensive litigation.