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Broadhurst Contaminated

September 2, 2015
Could do with a lick of paint.

Could do with a lick of paint.

Putting those two words into google, the first result I get is Warrington Borough Council’s public register contamination report (Environmental Protection Act 1990) for the street where I lived for my first eleven years (I was born at number 5).

Page 25 of the report, “Table 4.1 Particulars of Significant Harm and Particulars of Substances” gives details of toxicity in the soil, notably presence of arsenic, lead, mercury, nickel, and various polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, including benzo(a)pyrene, a class-1 carcinogen. The contaminants are from a 19th century Leblanc process waste tip, on which WBC built council houses. The washing soda factory itself was in St. Helens, and the waste was shipped in by canal and dumped in Sankey Bridges, some time in the 19th century.

Groundwater from the site is said to be contaminating Sankey Brook with a variety of metals and ammonia.

Fortunately, though I used to play in the garden and in the neighbouring field, which was similarly contaminated, we didn’t eat anything grown there, apart from some mint for mint sauce, and our drinking water was piped in from the Lake District, like everybody else’s.

I think a fracking well under Broadhurst Avenue could only possibly improve the environment.

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