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From: TSS ()
Subject: 'Toxic' land sites silenced about Anthrax and BSE aka MAD COW DISEASE
Date: October 25, 2006 at 12:06 pm PST

'Toxic' land sites silenceOct 25 2006

A LIST of potentially contaminated land sites is still being kept secret despite documents showing council staff have tested areas for anthrax and arsenic.

Crawley Council decided there was no public interest in publishing a list of more than 1,100 potentially dangerous sites across the town earlier this month.

But the News has now seen documents which show the council has tested land for anthrax and is also preparing for the risk of BSE contamination.

The document was in the contaminated land assessment of plans for the new Forge Wood neighbourhood in the north east of Crawley and concerns land previously used as an abattoir.

Soil samples there have been tested for anthrax, mercury, arsenic and cadmium - an extremely toxic metal commonly found in industrial workplaces.

Samples tested so far indicate a low risk of contamination.

The council has said specialist teams will have to be hired to move the old abattoir tanks that contain animal fats which may include BSE-contaminated material.

The council has not yet inspected all the sites on the list and a response to an official request by the News to see it said: "The council is currently engaged in determining which sites within the borough should be classed as contaminated land.

"This process has not yet been completed, and at this stage of the process it is not possible to establish definitely that potentially contaminated sites are in fact contaminated.

"When the initial survey is completed, further research will be needed to confirm that sites are actually contaminated."


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