Harwell in a tangle over groundwater clean-up

A clean-up of groundwater polluted by two landfills on the Harwell Laboratory site of the Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) has hit a potentially serious obstacle. Oxfordshire County Council has reservations about the project on air pollution grounds - and may force the AEA into an expensive retrofit of remediation equipment which has already been delivered to the site.

The project was forced on the AEA after the National Rivers Authority detected chlorinated solvents in a borehole close to Harwell two years ago. Subsequent investigations revealed that two old landfills on the site were leaking a cocktail of chlorinated solvents and other organic chemicals (ENDS Report 207, p 13 

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