Friday, 13 February 2009

Thor Chemical Leak Update

We have been informed that Thor group Ltd, located in Margate (“the Site”), is no longer operational and materials are no longer used for chemical manufacture at the Site. Any work taking place on the Site now is related to testing, remediation and the de-commissioning of the Site.

In recent years the Company has been working with the Environment Agency to establish the extent of its chemical footprint on the environment after 35 years of Site activity. Substances, such at solvents and compounds of mercury, from production activities that were carried out on Site from 1973, have been found to be present in certain areas of soil within the Site boundary. Investigations are on-going at present.

We have endeavoured to answer your questions to the extent we are able pursuant to our responsibility under the Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and hopefully the information set out above answers your queries. However, in the event that you require more focused information, to assist us in processing your request, we would be grateful if you could please provide us with clarification of the information you require (e.g. whether you are seeking information about historic activities at the Site by the Company whilst it was still in operation, and/or regarding the current environmental status of the Site) as we do not wish to make assumptions.

Should you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact this office.

External Relations OfficerKent & East SussexThe Environment AgencyGuildbourne HouseChatsworth RoadWorthingWest Sussex BN11 1LDDirect Dial 01903 703831Internal Ext 7.23.3831

Ed. Many thanks to Tim for doing the FOIA request.

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