An extract from the UN report on mercury poisoning:
In 2004 the Czech State Health Institute analyzed the mercury content of the blood, hair and urine in residents of the community. Blood mercury concentrations in residents living near the Spolana chloralkali plant were twice as great as levels in a control group and in the rest of the Czech Republic population. The symptoms most frequently identified were all related to the nervous system, typical of mercury exposure (Kuncová, 2004b).
An Environmental Impact Assessment for Spolana and a decontamination process were prepared and agreed upon in 2004. The clean-up method will include encapsulating the mercury, demolishing the buildings, and removing the surface layer of soil. The waste will go to a thermal desorption process to remove mercury and then the clean waste will go to the landfill. The costs are estimated to reach more than $US 20 million.
Several weeks later, KCC aren't sure where the factory is.
The EA say there's definitely no hazard to health - but can't produice the clean-up reports.
TDC and Laura Sandys are silent.
Roger Gale and Steve Ladyman - even wth the Thor fire - say it's our fault for pouring paint down the sink.
Infratil drain aviation fuel and kerosene into the water table and sea.
Serciol lost 4,000 oil drums worth of solvent into the water table. To put that in context the whole of the USA in 2004 has had less pollution spills than that.
Is there a culture of deceit and incompentence at KCC and TDC where public safety is concerned?
Surely no public authority in the UK would allow expansion of an aiprot built on the drinking water, a mercury plant to close for 20 years but not close,and massive pollution dumping on a scal that is an international scandal.
Surely Leader Carter needs to take a firm grip on Thanet.
Still silence on Richboro pwer station built to a 1950's specification with brown asbestos and derelict for 30 years. Presumably it will be remediated as it falls onto the main road and into the UNESCO Bay.
No news from the Gang of Four, nor our MP's, on the Infratil missing noise and air monitors.
As MP I will of course be calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry with views on funding and salaries and pensions.
It may be too late by then for some people though.