Once again someone is digging around in the contaminated part of the old Ramsgate Gasworks, I am not sure who or why.
I contacted the councils contaminated land department to ask them what was going on, but this was news to them too.
I do genuinely wish I was exaggerating about this one, this is a list of the chemicals identified as being on the site http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/gas/id9.htm
And this link takes you to the other pictures that I took this morning http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/gas/id8.htm
As far as I can see the short term risk here is likely to be with the way this work is being done, for example if they churn up the dust there because they haven’t damped down properly, we could have a cloud of dust containing the nasty chemicals over Ramsgate.
Longer term the main issues are: The ground water ones, this is about making sure that the old wells on the site that were used for the large quantities of water, used for coal gas manufacture, have been properly sealed off so as to prevent any of these chemicals getting into the local water supply. The general contaminated land issues if the site is to be used for any future purpose that people have access to.