27 March 1998

Scots form action group for toxic landfill dumps

LOCAL farmers have joined residents in the village of Greengairs, Lanarkshire, in their protest about toxic waste being dumped in a landfill site just half-a-mile (0.8km) from the village.

An action group, supported by Friends of the Earth, has called on Secretary of State for Scotland, Donald Dewar, to ensure that there is no repeat of the dumping of contaminated soil from Hertfordshire that would not be accepted by any English landfill site.

According to Friends of the Earth, the 200t of soil contained more than 200 parts per million of toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), 10 times the amount allowed by English landfill sites.

Local Scottish NFU president, Andrew Purdon, said farmers were worried about the possibility of toxic waste being dumped in the area. "There are grazing fields around the site. We have been assured that there is no danger but we are all concerned about waste coming here that is too toxic to dump in England," he said. &#42