Appraisal of contamination issues, chlor-alkali and organo chlorine manufacturing site

Appraisal of contamination issues, chlor-alkali and organo chlorine manufacturing site

An assessment of groundwater contamination and environmental sensitivity issues was undertaken at a Major Chemical Manufacturer’s Operations, Merseyside United Kingdom

Appraisal of contamination issues, chlor-alkali and organo chlorine manufacturing site, United Kingdom.

THIS IS AN HISTORICAL PROJECT

The site is the largest chlor-alkali and organo-chlorine (OC) chemical manufacturing site in the UK.

Chemical manufacturing commenced in the 1840’s, and has included saponification, chlor-alkalis, caustic soda, bleach, copper, hydrochloric and sulfuric acids, OC solvents, and more recently chloro-fluorocarbons (CFCs).

Soil, surface water and groundwater impacts have resulted from the historical operations.

The study reviewed the sensitivity of the hydrogeological setting, and identified potential contaminant migration routes to impact regional groundwater quality, surface water quality in the adjacent Weston Canal, and potentially marine water quality.

Recommendations were made for a comprehensive site investigation program based on common chemical manufacturing areas and likely contaminant sources.

Stuart Jeffries
Hydrosolutions Pty Ltd

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