Blaydon Quarry shutdown after EA investigation

Blaydon Quarry

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The Environment Agency has suspended activity at Blaydon Quarry in Gateshead.

The landfill site, which is operated by Octagon Green Solutions Ltd and licensed by the Environment Agency, has had its permit suspended after complaints from local residents about odour from the site.

A subsequent investigation by the Environment Agency discovered that the odour issues were being caused by large areas of waste being left uncovered by the operators and by waste being deposited on site in a manner which made it difficult to cover.

The EA suspension notice prohibits the delivery of all waste onto the site apart from soil until the actions stipulated in the notice are complete.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"We have been working closely with the Environment Agency on addressing concerns about the operation of Blaydon Quarry.

"Today's announcement of the suspension of Octagon's licence is a positive step forward and one which will be welcomed by local residents."

The Environment Agency is now requiring the operators of Blaydon Quarry to re-profile the waste and apply an appropriate level of cover within two weeks, and EA inspectors will re-visit the site to monitor progress.

You can read the announcement on the Environment Agency website.

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19 February 2019

(photo: Google)

The Environment Agency has suspended activity at Blaydon Quarry in Gateshead.

The landfill site, which is operated by Octagon Green Solutions Ltd and licensed by the Environment Agency, has had its permit suspended after complaints from local residents about odour from the site.

A subsequent investigation by the Environment Agency discovered that the odour issues were being caused by large areas of waste being left uncovered by the operators and by waste being deposited on site in a manner which made it difficult to cover.

The EA suspension notice prohibits the delivery of all waste onto the site apart from soil until the actions stipulated in the notice are complete.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"We have been working closely with the Environment Agency on addressing concerns about the operation of Blaydon Quarry.

"Today's announcement of the suspension of Octagon's licence is a positive step forward and one which will be welcomed by local residents."

The Environment Agency is now requiring the operators of Blaydon Quarry to re-profile the waste and apply an appropriate level of cover within two weeks, and EA inspectors will re-visit the site to monitor progress.

You can read the announcement on the Environment Agency website.

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