Walleys Quarry has ‘breached permit’ after contaminated water found at site

Wide-reaching stenches were caused by contaminated surface water at Walleys Quarry say the Environment Agency (EA).

The ‘rotten egg’ smell saw 2,000 complaints made to Newcastle Borough Council over the weekend at the end of February.

Now the EA say the landfill site, which is run by Red Industries, is in breach of its permit due to the water on site which must now be removed.

A statement on the EA’s website said today: “Following the wet weather during late 2020 and early 2021 an increased amount of surface water collected within the landfill. This surface water has drained from the landfilled waste and must be managed as contaminated water. The collected water, has the potential to cause odour and the failure to manage this adequately has been assessed as a breach of the site permit.

“We have required the operator to take action to remove the collected water which must treated on site in the onsite treatment plant or removed by tanker without delay.”

Council leader Simon Tagg said: “This vindicates what local residents have been saying and complaining about in high numbers over last weekend. The EA say that the operator has breached the permit for the site. I fully expect the EA to hold them to account.”

It comes as the issue was brought to Boris Johnson’s attention last week as he visited Tunstall in Stoke-on-Trent.

And Royal Stoke University Hospital has also complained about the smell.

An emergency meeting has been called at the council, with all political colours in agreement that the landfill site should cease operations. They will vote a motion to support the end of the site’s operations on Thursday, March 18.

Red Industries have been contacted for comment.

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