Polluted site clean-up projects

The Environment Agency has begun work on a £40,000 scheme to clean up the site of the former gas works at Tiverton in Devon. In 1995 a dam had to be built to prevent oily waste, diesel and other contaminants leaching into the river Lowman and threatening the main source of drinking water for Exeter. The latest phase of work involves treating contaminated water on site before discharge to a sewage works.

In another project, the Agency will soon begin tackling contamination at Rye Harbour in Sussex. The Agency has contracted the environmental consultancy SECOR to monitor pollution and carry out a detailed review of existing information. The study aims to identify remediation options. But the Agency warns that success "will depend greatly on the goodwill and co-operation of individual landowners". The area has at least 26 separate landowners. The site falls under the Government's contaminated land funding scheme.

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