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Oympic stadium built on toxic dump

Filed: Monday, 21st June 2010
By: Staff Writer

It has been revealed that West Ham United's proposed new stadium has been built on a radioactive waste dump.

The Olympic Stadium at Stratford, which is scheduled for completion next year ahead of the 2012 games has been erected on a site used in the 1950s and 1960s to dump radioactive waste, according to a story in today's Guardian.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) are understood to have reported in 2008 that up to 50 tonnes of radioactive waste - which showed levels of radiation three times higher than the accepted safe level - were found on the site when building work commenced.

However building was allowed to continue as when added to the general waste found over the immediate area of the entire site - some 1,500 tonnes in all - the level of radioactive material fell below the legal limit.

In all, it is claimed that up to 100 tonnes of radioactive waste is buried on the Olympic site - something that data analyst John Large, assisted by environmental campaigner Mike Wells and intelligence analyst Paul Charman, is keen to highlight.

"As part of the on-site assaying, the ODA contractors were clearly separating out exempt waste from non-exempt batches of low-level waste with the intention of sending this higher activity non-exempt waste to a radioactive waste disposal site," he said.

"At the best, this might be interpreted as a misplaced interpretation of the radioactive waste regulations or, at the worse, some might view it as blatantly cooking the books to save on the high cost of off-site radioactive waste disposal."

In reply, ODA Director of Infrastructure Simon Wright refuted claims that the area is potentially dangerous to people visiting on a regular occasion, stating: "The Olympic Park and all venue sites are completely safe with no radiation measurements above the normal background levels that people would experience in their everyday lives.

"We have been open and transparent about the contamination found on the Olympic Park site, a former industrial landfill site. As previously announced, a small amount of soil containing traces of very low-level radioactive material, classed as 'exempt' under current environmental law, has been safely buried in a cell on site, using a proven, safe and approved method of disposing of such material."

Despite Wright's claims, it is thought that no further development work will be allowed on the site of the Olympic Park due to the inherent danger of exposing 100 tonnes of radioactive waste lying just below the surface in a highly-poulated urban area.

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by g portugal
02:49PM 24th Jun 2010
''Another New Labour failure.''

by Adam
11:36AM 23rd Jun 2010
''The site WAS a toxic wasteland... the site has been cleaned thoughly and once finished, it'll be considered the cleanest, the greenest and best environmental park in London.''

by Johnny B
11:07AM 22nd Jun 2010
''If this is true... well it's incredible... could we open a thread on this and share some information? This can't be pushed under the carpet and we all move on. Please, more INFO!''

by SB
10:41AM 22nd Jun 2010
''I was on a site visit there a few weeks ago and the soil is all being cleaned so as far as I'm concerned this is a bit of a non-story. As you go round the site you see signs for the 'soil hospital'. Can't imagine there is any danger to health whatsoever.''

by garyw
06:09PM 21st Jun 2010
''I used to work for a company called BUSH BOAKE ALLEN who were engaged in making chemicals for the fragrance and flavour industries. This was on both sides of the the old Carpenters Road. There were some very nasty chemicals used including phosphorus-based compound; all very toxic.

This is the site for the aquatic centre, the land was only ever for industrial use, yet the Olympic Village is being built quite close to this blighted land too. The stadium is on the site of the old marshalling yard that was once one of the largest in Europe.''

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