Friday, January 05, 2007

Toxic waste dumped off Souter Point

Further environmental worries!

South Tyneside Council is currently considering a scheme to build an armoured revetment at Graham Sands, Trow Quarry, South Shields to contain the erosion of the seaward facing side of the old landfill site which contains toxic chemicals that fall to the beach from time to time. This ought to safeguard us for some time, but further worries and concerns are being expressed at the likely levels of toxins in sea life that is entering the food chain as a result of a trial by the Port of Tyne Authority where they have dumped 84,000 tonnes of river bed sediment, containing dangerous toxins, just four miles off Souter Point.

Engineer Bob Latimer, 63, of Whitburn, South Tyneside, is a member of Marinet, the marine arm of Friends of the Earth.

He said:

"They have tried to bung this waste in the sea and forget about it. They have tried to pass it off as normal dredge waste, but it contains harmful toxins. TBTs are designed to damage sea life so it seems ludicrous to me to put this toxin into the sea."

The Newcastle Chronicle has obtained official documents from Defra revealing the extent of the operation and the failure by the Port of Tyne to cap the site with a deep enough sand 'cap', although Port of Tyne managing director Keith Wilson said the trial had been successful and was being constantly monitored.

For the meanwhile, therefore, Curly will not be tempted by any of Mr. Angry's lobsters!


The Chronicle

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