Scottish steel works leaves massive clean-up bill

Up to 70% of British Steel's iron and steel works in Ravenscraig, which ceased production this summer, is heavily contaminated and may require extensive remediation. The clean-up cost has been estimated at £200-240 million by a confidential report.

The huge contamination legacy left by the Ravenscraig operation is being subjected to much closer public scrutiny than that of other sites abandoned by British Steel, generally before it was privatised.

These include former works in Consett, Co Durham, Trafford Park in Manchester, Corby in the East Midlands, and Round Oak in the West Midlands. All were abandoned without clean-up operations of any note being carried out by the company. In

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