Globally renowned contamination expert Professor Andrew Watterson last month debunked a string of safety 'assurances' given by developer Link Group Ltd to the Scottish Government. The concession came once Professor Watterson, of the University of Stirling, told the Telegraph that all three situations may occur at the sprawling 83-acre Ravenscraig site. As previously mentioned the process that was followed, in terms of addressing the concerns about contamination, is typical of sites throughout Scotland where there is a potential issue.
The advice was taken from the council's head of environmental and public protection on the application. The developer's proposals must accommodate with these codes of practice.
Membranes and materials used to 'seal in' contaminants can fail at some stage or be damaged and prove less effective.
About Ravenscraig contamination - which includes cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and lead: There is no specified safe amount for exposure of humans to any carcinogens, and some of these are also known to be linked to estrogen disruption at very low levels, the preferred remediation policy should be to ensure no exposure.
"If this cannot be achieved and guaranteed in the long run, then there are strong arguments for not developing such sites, but low estimates of risks to human health are.
Link insisted last month that the site poses a 'low risk'. They added that the 'existence of these potentially leachable contaminants isn’t an unusual situation rather it is nothing to worry about. A spokesman from Inverclyde Council said: "The council doesn’t aim to contemplate the planning permission.
The conditions are very clear in terms of what’s expected and currently it is up to the applicant to handle these and satisfy the council that they have done so.
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