Walley’s Quarry Landfill Site, Cemetery Road, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme ST56DH

Closes 1 Mar 2022

Opened 3 Feb 2020

Overview

Walley’s Quarry Landfill Site, Cemetery Road, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme ST56DH

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Update 6 May 2021

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Update 4 May 2021

The issue we experienced from Friday 30 April to Monday 3 May with our Incident Communication Service (ICS) email address has now been resolved. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

Update 30 April 2021

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Update 29 April 2021

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Please click here for the Health Risk Assessment of air quality monitoring results from March 2021

Please click here for the Silverdale - Monthly Air Quality Monitoring Report- March Monitoring Period

Please click here for the Silverdale - March Air Quality Data Set

Update 22 April 2021

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Update 15 April 2021

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Update 8 April 2021

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Update 1 April 2021

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Update 26 March 2021

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Update 18 March 2021

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Update 17 March 2021

Walleys Quarry Compliance Assessment Report

We have carried out an audit into the landfill gas management at Walleys Quarry. This is part of our ongoing regulation of the site and also in response to the high level of complaints we have received.

Through our audit we have identified two breaches of the company’s permit. In line with our regulatory procedures, we have issued Red Industries with the actions they need to take to address these breaches.

The legal regulatory framework, and therefore the Environment Agency’s regulatory approach where permit breaches are detected, is to give operators a specific amount of time to respond to our required actions.

What is a Compliance Assessment Report?

This document provides a summary of our assessment, details where we believe breaches of the company’s permit have taken place, and the actions the company needs to take to return to compliance with their permit.

We have identified two breaches of the company’s permit, relating to the management of landfill gas and its extraction:

  • A significant breach classified as CCS2 in accordance with our compliance guidance. This relates to gas wells being disconnected while waste was raised to the levels required by the site’s planning permission. Whilst it is not uncommon for wells to be disconnected for short durations, we considered the length of time these were disconnected was not acceptable. We also did not consider this to be in accordance with the operator’s own procedures.
     
  • A minor breach classified as CCS3 in accordance with our compliance guidance. This relates to the failure to notify the Environment Agency that infrastructure to manage landfill gas had been compromised by flooding from surface water and failure to take actions to resolve this in the shortest time possible.

We have instructed Red Industries to better plan their management of the gas wells in order to minimise the time they disconnect the wells. We believe this will help to alleviate the problems with odour. 

Following our ongoing discussions with the company, they have also agreed to:

  • Provide an updated plan of infrastructure for managing gas collection.
  • Submit the results of a surface emissions survey to be carried out by the site following completion of the installation of new wells in February 2021.
  • Ensure any planned disruption to infrastructure is managed in accordance with the site’s Landfill Gas Management Plan and it is for the shortest time necessary.
  • Install horizontal wells which pass through the waste being deposited on the active area of the site to collect landfill gas.
  • From 15 March 2021, submit weekly reports on progress with regards to gas collection.
  • By 26 March 2021, submit a report on their response to the complaints received over the weekend of 26-28 February.

We welcome the fact that Red Industries have voluntarily started to implement the actions required to address these issues. We will be closely monitoring their progress over the next seven days, and will make decisions about further action as necessary.

Update 11 March 2021

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Update 5 March 2021

An update from Public Health England has been added to the Health section below.

We have continued to complete amenity assessments within the local area and site visits.

We have detected odour at some locations, but not at a level considered to be of annoyance.  Details have been provided to the site operator. 

On the 16 February a drilling rig was visible on the site near the border with Garners Garden Centre.  As areas of a landfill are filled with waste, infrastructure such as gas wells used to capture landfill gas and feed it to the gas utilisation plan, need to be continually reviewed and updated to ensure effective gas management.  The drilling rig has installed an additional 11 gas wells and connected these to the utilisation plant which has increased the amount of gas collected from the landfill.  Further wells were still being installed at the time of this update. 

Above: Photo of a drilling rig which the company sent to members of the local liaison group. 

We will continue with odour assessments and visits to ensure all measures are being used to minimise odour impacting local residents.  

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 minor 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. 

There was a fire in the engine compartment of one of the site vehicles on 18 February.  This caused a visible plume of smoke for a short period of time around midday.  The Fire Service attended and quickly put the fire out.  No waste was involved.  An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the vehicle fire. The site operator notified the liaison group members of the incident.

During a visit on the 26 February a full perimeter tour was completed to monitor for ambient methane concentrations at the boundary of the site.  This is a valuable technique in quantifying the potential for the fugitive release of landfill gas given the predominance of methane in such gas.  The values encountered on the upper point of the side wall of the landfill void (approximately 10m to 20m inside the permitted boundary) varied from zero to 34 ppm of methane.  It was noted that the highest values were recorded in the south western quadrant of the site.  This was in the downwind direction at the time of observation.

The potential source of elevated readings was believed to be a leachate extraction chamber that was undergoing routine upwards extension and would be for a short time while the works are completed.  This is a normal engineering operation that is necessary to maintain the operational capability of the extraction chamber as waste is placed in the immediate vicinity.

 Away from the leachate chamber, readings diminished in a broadly linear fashion to predominantly 0ppm to 3ppm north and east of the site.

 Litter Fencing

Some visual dilapidation of the perimeter litter control fencing was observed during the emissions monitoring exercise.  A full review of litter control measures against the management protocol has been required including the provision and maintenance condition of physical barrier systems.

 Surface/Ground Water Settlement Lagoon

 Residents reported discoloration in the Silverdale Brook at the location where the company discharge site surface water to the watercourse. We have responded to these concerns, inspected the watercourse and collected samples which have been analysed. The results did not show anything of concern. We continue to check the watercourse on site visits. The chemical quality of the water within the sites lagoon was discussed during the inspection. The design of the lagoon and the proximity of vegetation could leave the system vulnerable to the accumulation of organic matter (leaf litter, algal blooms, etc).  In turn this might cause anoxic conditions within the stored water in the event of cold weather conditions.

A review of the consideration of the timing and frequency of the periodic removal of any settled solids from the lagoon has been recommended.

Future Capping

Substantial progress in reaching the final tipping elevations in accordance with the planning permission was observed during the inspection. This is positive news in terms of facilitating the proposed permanent and temporary capping operation of the area. The company reaffirmed their commitment to achieving, and maintaining, a high standard of interim cover.

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Update 2 March 2021

We recognise and understand concerns raised about odour in the Silverdale area of Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire surrounding Walley’s Quarry landfill, operated by Red Industries. This weekend saw a record number of complaints made to our incident centre. We take these reports very seriously and do not underestimate the difficulty of the situation for residents in the area. Our officers contacted Red Industries at the weekend about the reports of odour.

Recent Complaints

We believe the recent upsurge in complaints over the weekend of 27/28 February 2021 may be linked to work associated with new gas wells drilled by Red Industries to better manage landfill gas, a requirement of the permit. These new wells, which are due to be connected in the next week will enable more gas from deep inside the landfill to be captured, which we expect to reduce odour in the environment.

We understand Red Industries informed the local liaison group about the gas wells that were due to be drilled in the following two weeks on 16 February 2021, in compliance with permit conditions.

Red Industries is carrying out this work as part of the permit requirements the Environment Agency has placed on it in relation to management of the landfill gas.  

Monitoring

As part of the ongoing response to increased community concern, we installed the first of two specialist air quality mobile monitoring units on Wednesday 24 February 2021 in the grounds of the Severn Trent Pumping Station off Galingale View, Newcastle under Lyme. This is an area where residents have specifically reported odour. Unfortunately the unit has not begun collecting data due to electrical supply issues. We understand this is frustrating for residents but this will be resolved by the end of this week.
The equipment will remain in place for at least 3 months to continuously collect data. It will monitor relevant parameters, including methane (CH4) particulates and hydrogen sulphide (H2S).  It also has a weather station which will record wind speed, direction, temperature and pressure. The monitoring will allow comparison with levels obtained previously (further details below).

Data will be collated into a full report which we will give to Public Health England to provide expert opinion on any human health impacts. We will then share the findings with local residents and interested parties, including an assessment of any environmental impacts.

The Environment Agency carried out air quality monitoring in 2018/19 and 2019/20, both of which showed that the landfill is not breaching limits set by the World Health Organisation (“WHO”).  Public Health England also confirmed there were no associated health risks based on the data.  The equipment was installed on:

  • 6 July 2017 until 14 February 2018 on the pumping station off Silverdale Road;
  • 15 January 2019 until 25 June 2019 near the northern boundary of the site, on the grounds of Garner’s Garden Centre.

Ongoing Regulation 

No landfill site will be completely odour free and there are particular challenges where residential homes have been built in close proximity to landfill sites, as in Silverdale. Planning permission for the construction of landfills and housing are granted by the local county and borough councils respectively or by the Secretary of State on appeal.

The Environment Agency assesses Red Industries’ operations against the permit conditions, and takes account of the WHO threshold, as we do for any other site. If we find breaches of permit condition(s) we specify the actions the company is required to take in order to rectify this non-compliance.

In addition to the works on the landfill gas wells, we expect Red Industries to cap part of the site by the end of late Spring/Early Summer, which should help to reduce odour leaving the site boundary.  Capping will begin when the site levels reach those specified in planning permission.

We’re also working in partnership with Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council to share data and information.

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Update 26 February 2021:

In response to increased community concern of odour within Silverdale and the surrounding areas we have installed an Air Quality Monitoring unit on the 24 February 2021 in the grounds of the Severn Trent Pumping Station off Galingale View.  Reports of odour were reviewed to determine appropriate locations. This location is within a direction where residents have reported concerns of odour.  The location of the monitor must also be in a secure location with a dedicated electrical supply which must be assessed and approved before operating.   

This Mobile Monitoring Facility (MMF) will remain in place for at least 3 months and collect monitoring data continuously.  The unit will monitor for the same parameters as previous studies. For more information on previous studies please go to the section below entitled ‘Air Quality Monitoring’.  The data will be collated into a full and summary report which will also be provided to Public Health England to provide expert opinion on any human health impacts.  We will then share the findings with local residents, including an assessment of any environmental impacts. We are considering options to provide updates to the community while the monitoring is taking place and will confirm how these will be provided shortly.


Above: The Mobile Monitoring Facility (MMF) in the grounds of the Severn Trent Pumping Station off Galingale View.  


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A map of the location of the Air Quality Monitoring- Mobile Monitoring Facility (MMF)

Liasion group updates
Please see the 'Walleys Quarry landfill liaison meeting ' section for updates from the liasion group.

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We are working hard with Government and other emergency responders on protecting the public and the environment from the effects of Coronavirus. The Environment Agency remains fully operational and committed to adhering to all Government guidelines with the majority of our staff working from home. However we continue to visit permitted sites and complete amenities assessments.

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To report an odour issue related to Walleys Quarry, please Click Here. This will open a template email for you to complete and send to our Incident Communications Service (ICS). If you are unable to email, please report your odour issues to us via 0800 80 70 60. Once reports are logged, a unique reference number is generated and a copy will then go to a regulatory officer for the site. The incident number is a national Environment Agency reporting system (across England) for all issues for example, pollution incident or flooding. The reference numbers are not unique to calls about a specific site. The difference between your own call references does not indicate the number of calls received about a particular site.

When reporting odour incidents to us, we will ask you to assess the strength of the odour on a scale of 0 to 6. To help with your assessment, an explanation of this scale is as follows:

0 – No odour

– Very faint odour (need to inhale into the wind to smell anything)

2 – Faint odour (you can detect an odour when you inhale normally)

3 – Distinct odour (there is clearly an odour in the air as you leave your car or enter the area)

4 – Strong odour (a bearable odour but strong, you could stay in the area for some time)

5 – Very strong odour (unpleasantly strong, you will want to leave the area quickly)

6 – Extremely strong odour (likely to cause nausea and a strong need to remove yourself from the odour immediately)

For more information on how we regulate odour please see our Frequently Asked Questions document here. 

 Further details on how to contact us are provided at the end of the page- How to contact us

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February 2021

Update 24 February 2021

In response to increased community concern of odour within Silverdale and the surrounding areas we installed an Air Quality Monitoring unit on the 24 February 2021 in the grounds of the Severn Trent Pumping Station off Galingale View.  This location is within a direction where residents have reported concerns of odour.

This Mobile Monitoring Facility (MMF) will remain in place for at least 3 months and collect monitoring data continuously.  The unit will monitor for the same parameters as previous studies. For more information on previous studies please go to the section below entitled ‘Air Quality Monitoring’.  The data will be collated into a full and summary report which will also be provided to Public Health England to provide expert opinion on any human health impacts.  We will then share the findings with local residents, including an assessment of any environmental impacts. We are considering options to provide updates to the community while the monitoring is taking place and will confirm how these will be provided shortly.

Above: This is from Galingale View on the newer housing estate. The green box in the bottom right corner is where the monitoring station is being deployed.

Update 10 February 2021

Air Quality Monitoring – Silverdale                                 

In response to increased community concern of odour within Silverdale and the surrounding areas we have been making arrangements to install Air Quality Monitoring Equipment. We are currently working to resolve electrical installation requirements and anticipate the equipment will be installed by the end of February.

This mobile monitoring equipment will remain in place for at least 3 months and collect monitoring data continuously.  The equipment will monitor for the same parameters as previous studies.  The data will be collated into a full and summary report which will also be provided to Public Health England to provide expert opinion on any human health impacts.  We will publish the findings on our webpage and share them with the liaison group.

For more information regarding our previous Air Quality Monitoring please see the section below entitled 'Air Quality Monitoring'

Update 1 February 2021

We have continued to complete amenity assessments within the local area. We have completed 8 assessments for odour since the 1 January 2021 and visited the site on 2 occasions (11 January and 27 January)

  • We have detected odour at some locations, but not at a level considered to be of annoyance.  Details have been provided to the site operator. 
  • During the last visit on the 27 January odour was detected on the newer housing estate at a level of 2/6 (near Barnacle Place).  On further investigation approximately 2 hours later the odour has dissipated.  

Operations to bring the landfill to the final levels under the Planning Consent are continuing.  The area nearest to the Garners Garden centre is currently being completed to final levels. It is currently anticipated disposal of waste in this area will be completed in early February.

Completion of waste disposal within this area will enable:

  • the installation of further deep gas extraction wells for the control of landfill gas.  We have approved the construction design for these wells during January.
  • the area to be capped and sealed.

We will continue with odour assessments and visits to ensure all measures are being used to minimise odour impacting local residents

January 2021:

Update January 2021
We have received an increase in complaints of odour since late December 2020.  In response we have increased our visits to the area to complete assessments of odour and site visits.  Since the 4 January we have visited the area on 7 occasions, normally with two officers visiting different locations and visited the site on the 11 January. We have detected odour at some locations and these details have been provided to the site operator. 

There has been no change in operations at the site to indicate the reason for the increase in complaints.  We will continue with odour assessments and visits to ensure all measures are being used to minimise odour impacting local residents.

Bird control

Landfill operators are asked to work towards preventing birds feeding on the landfill site. Deterring birds can lead to them roosting on nearby buildings or land waiting for an opportunity to scavenge for food. Measures to deter birds include the use of bangers and rockets to disperse gulls and covering the waste during and at the end of each day to reduce the 'food' available for birds scavenging.  Operators can also employ a contractor to use birds of prey to deter seagulls from the tipping face.

The operator of Walleys landfill notified us in early December that to comply with guidance for bird flu they would be temporarily ceasing the flying of raptor birds at the landfill to reduce the risk of spreading the disease. Raptor birds will prey on other birds for food and are therefore used as a good deterrent.

To maintain the control of bird’s, replacement measures have been implemented including the flying lure raptor birds (these birds are trained to fly to a lure and less likely to prey on another bird), increasing the frequency of rocket/banger and increasing the use of distress call deterrents.

The site operator updated members of the liaison committee of this temporary change.

Cleaning of Vehicles

We are aware of concerns about mud on the highway and vehicles still being dirty when leaving the site. These concerns were raised with the site operator on the 5 January.

 Landfill permits require operators to:

  • prevent vehicles from carrying mud off site,
  • monitor the public highway and their site road between the final wheel wash and the public highway and
  • if vehicles carry mud or other debris onto the public highway the operator must clean it up immediately.

The operator has confirmed that the wheel wash is operational and drivers are all required to use the wheel wash and remain in place until the cycle has fully finished.

The use of the wheel wash and the requirement for drivers to check their vehicles for debris prior to leaving the site is covered in the site inductions process. There is equipment on site to allow drivers to check and clean loose material before exiting the site. The company has reinforced the need to use the facilities correctly and advice against parking locally.

During a site visit on the 11 January all vehicles an officer observed leaving the site over approximately an hour were seen to be using the facilities correctly.

Past site visits: We continue to carry out odour assessments in the area. On the 19 October 2020, an Officer did detect a landfill type odour at the Silverdale cross roads traffic lights. However, we did not consider this to be at a level to be in breach of the permit. We informed the operator which is our normal practice. Subsequently, we completed a site visit on the 23 October 2020 and undertook a monitoring exercise using a hand held Tuneable Diode Laser (TDL) monitor. Prior to the visit we detected a landfill type odour on Cemetery Road opposite the site entrance which we rated at 3 out of 6. The operator advised us that the likely source of the odour was a gas well. A member of staff on site had reported that the gas well needed repair that morning. The site was already taking action and the repairs were completed during our site visit. Since our last visit additional soils had been applied to the part of the site which borders the garden centre and the near the site entrance.
Further visits were completed in November and December.
 
Action from the team: From mid- March 2020 we could not continue our monthly checks due to Covid-19 restrictions however visits resumed in June 2020 using officer assessments (sniff tests). We are completing regular odour assessments within the local area and undertaking more frequent assessments at locations where we receive the most complaints of odour. As part of these visits we also assess the number of birds and whether mud / debris is leaving the facility. The landfill site was open during Covid-19 restrictions and was receiving waste. We were in regular contact with the site operator during this time. We have included a summary of our compliance for 2020 here. We have, and will continue to assess compliance thorough review of reports and site visits during the current challenging times and continue to require additional measures including additional gas infrastructure and capping of the site from the site operator. We continue to work with, partners and the local community holding regular telephone conferences with the local authority and issuing updates to local residents

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The Environment Agency regulates two environmental permits held by Red Industries to operate a waste facility at Walleys Quarry. One permit for the landfill site and one permit for the soil treatment facility.
Walleys Quarry Landfill site – We issued an Environmental Permit for Walleys Quarry’s Landfill site on 9 June 2005 to Lafarge Aggregates Limited. The permit was transferred to Red Industries RM Limited on 3 November 2016.
The permit allows the operation of a Non Hazardous waste landfill with a separate cell for Stable Non-Reactive Hazardous Waste (SNRHW) (gypsum and asbestos). The operator has never used a separate cell and therefore SNRHW is not accepted.
The total quantity of waste allowed to be accepted at the facility is 400,000 tonnes per year. Non Hazardous waste includes municipal and industrial wastes.
The permit also allows the operation of
• a leachate treatment plant for management of leachate produced by the landfill
• landfill gas engine and flare for treatment and utilisation of landfill gas created by the landfill.
Monitoring is required for landfill gas, leachate, surface water and groundwater at a number of points at the facility, at different frequencies (weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual).
Walleys Quarry Soil Treatment facility – we issued an Environment Permit for Walleys Quarry soil treatment facility on 11 April 2012 for the treatment of waste to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregates. The operator does not currently undertake this operation.
Tonnage variation to the environmental permit
On the 30 October 2020, following an assessment of a variation application, including a review of all the comments received from our public we issued a variation to the permit allowing an increase in the annual waste input from 250,000 to 400,000 tonnes. The business demonstrated within the application that the proposed change meets all the legal requirements therefore we are legally obliged to issue the permit variation.
To view the permit click here
Our consultation process:
In December 2018 we received an environmental permit variation application for Walley’s Quarry Landfill Site, Cemetery Road, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme ST56DH, on behalf of Red Industries RM Ltd. The variation to the existing environmental permit, requested an increase in the annual waste inputs from 250,000 tonnes to 400,000 tonnes.
We ran our first public consultation on the variation application from 24 May 2019 to 20 August 2019. We then ran a public consultation on our draft decision to issue the variation from 19 August 2020 till 16 September 2020.
To view the decision document click here
 For more information click here 

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Address: Walley’s Quarry Landfill Site, Cemetery Road, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme ST56DH

• Since 2005, the Environment Agency (EA) has regulated an Environmental Permit for the operation of a landfill site at Walley’s Quarry, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire.
• The site is located near the centre of Newcastle under Lyme.
• The site which is a former quarry has planning permission for both a landfill (to ground level) and to create a land raise (above ground level)
• The landfill site has planning permission (regulated by Stafford County Council) to accept waste for disposal until 2026 with final restoration to be completed by 2040
• An artist’s impression of what the landfill might look like once the site has been completely capped off and restored can be viewed here.
Above: View of the landfill from the Southern boundary - October 2020
Below: The location of the Landfill site

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Environment Agency
The Environment Agency regulates the two environmental permits held by the Red Industries RM Limited (“the operator”) for Walleys Quarry landfill.
Our regulation includes reviews of monitoring data and site visits, both announced and unannounced.

To report an odour issue related to Walleys Quarry, please Click Here. This will open a template email for you to complete and send to our Incident Communications Service (ICS). Once reports are logged, a unique reference number is generated and a copy will then go to a regulatory officer for the site. If you are unable to email, please report your odour issues to us via 0800 80 70 60.

To report any other pollution concerns, please continue to email ics@environment-agency.gov.uk or call 0800 80 70 60.


Staffordshire County Council
The County Council is responsible for determining planning applications for the sites. We are consulted by the Council on planning applications.

If you have any planning permission questions please contact: regulation@Staffordshire.gov.uk
For any other enquiries:
Email: contactus@staffordshire.gov.uk
General enquiries (Contact Centre): 0300 111 8000
Textphone/Minicom users: 01785 276207

Concerns about impact on health
We consult Public Health England regarding any potential health impacts relating to the operation of landfill sites, and follow their advice and guidance. Please see more details on the role of Public Health England under the ‘Health’ section of this page.              

Whenever people are concerned about their personal health, they should visit their General Practitioner (GP) or contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

Your GP can ask for appropriate advice from the aforementioned bodies

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We understand that you may have questions regarding landfills and how they work. We have produced a generic landfill FAQ document, which you can view here. This document covers a wide range of questions from odour to pests. 

Note: The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) Document detailed above is not an Environment Agency national guidance document. This FAQ document is a local area – Walley’s Quarry Landfill Document.  

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Galingale View- Air Quality Monitoring

Towards the end of February 2021, we installed two specialist mobile monitoring facilities, located at Galingale View and Silverdale pumping station.  These units have been continuously gathering data from the 5 March 2021. 

In addition to these units, we agreed with partners to install a further two, to support our multi-agency response to the issues at Walleys Landfill.  On Friday 23 April 2021, we installed these additional units that are located at the north east of the site near the fire station, and south west of the site just off Cemetery Road.  This will effectively form a circle around the site, which will remain in place until the end of August 2021. 

The locations of each unit have been determined after reviewing odour report locations and identifying where we have received a high level of reports.  The location of the monitor must also be in a secure location with a dedicated electrical supply, which must be assessed and approved before operation. 

The units monitor parameters related to landfill gas, including methane (CH4), particulates (PM) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S) - this is the one that smells like rotten egg. The units also have the capacity to collect weather data, which is important in determining how gases and odours travel and disperse in the environment.   

Data from the units located near Silverdale pumping station and Galingale View has been collated into a report which we shared with PHE to provide expert opinion on any human health impacts.  

The data has been used to assess the type, time and nature of the emissions from the site.  We have shared this information with Public Health England, Staffordshire County Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, which is vital for us to tackle the issues of odour coming from the operations of Walleys Quarry Landfill, Silverdale. 

The air quality monitoring reports are made available on a monthly basis on our website.

Our previous studies: 
We have previously installed specialist air quality monitoring equipment  to enable us to further understand the potential impact on air quality from Walley’s Quarry landfill site.
This equipment was installed on
- 6 July 2017 until the 14 February 2018 on the pumping station off Silverdale Road
- 15 January 2019 until 25 June 2019 near the northern boundary of the site, on the grounds of Garner’s Garden Centre
 
The air monitoring reports are available to view below:
For the Public Health England (PHE) response to the Air Quality Monitoring carried out in 2017-2019, please click here

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It is important to note, that it is not our role and we are not qualified to give health advice to the public. If residents have health concerns our advice is to speak to their local GP. The local authority’s Environmental Health Department and Public Health England will be able to provide appropriate advice to local GP’s. Both organisations are represented on the Walley’s Quarry local liaison group.

Update from Public Health England- 2 March 2021

"Public Health England (PHE) is aware of the ongoing odour situation around Walley’s Quarry landfill site. We will continue to support multiagency partners in the response to the situation.
We recognise that odour is a nuisance which can cause stress and anxiety, and some people may experience symptoms such as nausea, headaches or dizziness even when a substance that causes the smells is not harmful to health at the levels experienced. If people have any health concerns, they should contact their local GP or ring the NHS helpline 111.

We are aware that the Environment Agency (EA) is currently establishing air quality monitoring around the site, PHE will support the EA to interpret any monitoring data and identify any potential impact on health.  PHE’s review of the air quality monitoring data will be made available on the EA’s Walley’s Quarry landfill webpage.

We would like to reiterate if individuals have any health concerns, they should contact their local GP or ring the NHS helpline 111." END

Further Information:
  • To view the notes of the liaison meetings and attendance details please click here.
  • Further information regarding Government guidelines can be found here
  • Public Health England (PHE) response to the Air Quality Monitoring response please click here
  • Also see our landfill FAQ document, which you can viewed here.

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On the 11 November 2020 a second application to vary the permit for the Walley’s Quarry landfill site was “Duly Made”. This means we have sufficient information to commence our determination of the application.
The application requests the following changes:
  •  Increase leachate levels within the site, with a supporting Hydrogeological Risk Assessment to demonstrate the change will not cause pollution of groundwater.
  • Increase the compliance limit for methane for one borehole and to amend the carbon dioxide limit for 13 boreholes. This is to account for the presence of higher levels of carbon dioxide in the background, within mine gas in the local strata. 
  • To change the design of the capping to include the option for using membrane. Currently the site is permitted to use a 1 metre clay cap only.

There will be no formal consultation on this application as there are no proposals to change the waste activities which would be of interest to the community. The application is held on the public register and can be requested by contacting the West Midlands Enquiries Team at Enquiries_Westmids@environment-agency.gov.uk

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Liaison Meetings - Regular community liaison meetings, facilitated by the operator Red Industries, continue to be held. Invitees to the meeting include the Environment Agency, local and parish councillors, representatives from the local community including residents associations, the local action group and a local resident. Resident’s representatives are included on the group. If any further residents are interested in joining these meetings to represent the community please email: enquiries@redindustries.co.uk.

Updates from Red Industries: 

Waste acceptance – 06/04/21

In agreement with the regulator, we will recommence accepting some general wastes into the Walleys facility from tomorrow to complete the profile of the cell 1 area. This is an essential part of the capping works to complete the landform and does not constitute a return to full operation which as agreed with the Environment Agency will not be before the permanent capping works to this area are complete.  

The local community may see vehicles with waste arriving at the facility from tomorrow and considered it prudent to inform you all in the first instance so you can share the information accordingly and advise accordingly should you be approached for comment.  

Please can you share this information through the appropriate channels available to your organisation.

Potentially Illegal and Obscene Behaviour- 25/02/21 
We are sure you will be aware of the criminal behaviour recently directed toward our Walleys facility.  This appears to have been a catalyst to an escalation in threatening behaviour orchestrated from within certain social media groups.  Such behaviour has included threats of violence toward staff members, threats of arson towards infrastructure and obscene telephone calls made to female staff.  As you will appreciate, we continue to report such matters to the police and now work within a risk assessment that the police have assisted in creating.  We have reached out to local politicians to publicly condemn such behaviour but to date they have been unwilling to do so.   

Dumper truck incident at the Walleys facility- 18/02/21
There was a machine incident at the Walleys facility on 18 February 2021. We are pleased to confirm that there were no injuries from the incident and the response from the fire brigade was swift and well-measured, as we would expect from such professionals.  Red Industries practiced emergency procedures were put into place by the team members and were effective. 

 These are the kind of vehicles that are used widely in construction and land management, as well as landfill applications.  All vehicles at the facility are maintained by approved suppliers in line with manufacturer recommendations.  Initial investigations suggest an electrical fault, and we will be working with such professionals to assist us in our incident investigation and to minimise the risk of any recurrence.  

Tree Maintenance- 17/02/21
The electricity network maintenance company has carried out a program of tree management along the western perimeter of the Walleys Facility.  This work was carried out within their standard operating procedure and risk assessment relating to the proximity of trees to electricity cables.  The cables in question cross the Walleys facility perimeter and serve a wider network of electricity users. 

Gas well drilling- 16/02/21
We are pleased to confirm that a further program of gas well infrastructure drilling has commenced at the Walleys facility during w/c 16.02.21.  The works have been fully CQA (construction quality assurance) assessed and approved by the regulator.  In total there will be some 10 additional gas wells installed at the facility to expand the already significant infrastructure used to capture gas and convey it to the Gas Utilisation Plant to produce electricity.  We anticipate that the drilling program will take around two weeks to complete. 
The current drilling represents a continuation of investment in the gas management infrastructure at the Walleys facility.  As areas are filled with waste materials gas infrastructure is installed in the designated area to ensure effective gas management and maximise the utilisation of this material for generation of electricity via the onsite gas engines. 

Liaison meeting 21/01/21

The Environment Agency attended the Walleys Quarry landfill site liaison meeting on the 21 January 2021 and provided a summary of our regulation since the last meeting on the 8 October 2020.

The invitees to the liaison meeting are:

- Red Industries

- Staffordshire County Council

- Councillors of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

- Offices of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

- Silverdale Parish Council

- Environment Agency

- Knutton representative

- Thistleberry Residents Association

- Local Resident

- Poolfields Residents Association

Further information:

If you would like to find out more about these meetings including the meeting notes please follow the link below: https://www.redindustries.co.uk/walleys-landfill-community/ 

More Information

The Walley’s Quarry Landfill scrutiny committee regulator session took place virtually on 7 October 2020. Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council has set up a scrutiny review working party to investigate and consider the concerns about Walleys Quarry Landfill, in Silverdale, raised by those living and working nearby.
The Environment Agency were requested to be part of the regulators session to provide information on our regulation of the site and take questions from members of the working group.

If you would like to review the information the Environment Agency presented please click here to see the full presentation.
For further information on this session please refer to Newcastle under Lyme council website:
https://moderngov.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=464&MId=3769

More Information

To help keep the local community updated on our regulation of the site, we continue to update this page frequently.

If you would like to receive notifications when information is added to the community page, please email your contact details to Engagement_WestMids@environment-agency.gov.uk and we will add you to our mailing list.

Please see below community updates provided in 2020. From January 2021 we stopped issuing the community newsletter and replaced this with a more regular update through this webpage.

More Information

  • To report an odour issue related to Walleys Quarry, please Click Here. This will open a template email for you to complete and send to our Incident Communications Service (ICS). Once reports are logged, a unique reference number is generated and a copy will then go to a regulatory officer for the site.  If you are unable to email, please report your odour issues to us via 0800 80 70 60.

    If you wish to report any other incidents about the site, please continue to email ics@environment-agency.gov.uk or call 0800 80 70 60, rather than contacting individual officers or our Enquiries Team. If you would like to receive feedback please can you confirm this whilst on the call, or in your email to ICS. Once reports are logged, a copy will then go to a regulatory officer for the site. This ensures all reports are logged in real time and also ensures that your correspondence is reported when officers are not available or on leave.

  • If you wish to log a complaint (a complaint is any expression of dissatisfaction made against the Environment Agency, a member of our staff or anyone working on our behalf), please email Enquiries_WestMids@environment-agency.gov.uk
  • If you wish to submit a general enquiry or Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations request: Please contact our Enquiries Team via Enquiries_WestMids@environment-agency.gov.uk. The team will log, acknowledge and coordinate a response with the appropriate officers. The team monitors this email account Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, which ensures all correspondence is dealt with promptly, and within our service levels, even if individual officers are not available or are on leave. This mailbox is not monitored outside of office hours

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