Creating the environment for business Reclamation of Former Colliery Land at Riddochhill Bing West Lothian Council Riddochhill Bing near Bathgate in West treatment of minewater from both the Council and the results have been used to Lothian has been suffering the effects of operational site and as a long-term solution assess the environmental effects of the spontaneous combustion for over 30 years to the Polkemmet minewater problem. existing situation and to identify the likely and attempts during the 1970s and 80s to effects while the site is being remediated. The design was developed following the extinguish the burning within the colliery A detailed odour and dust management completion of an extensive ground spoil have failed to achieve a solution to plan has also been prepared, with details investigation which was undertaken in the problem. included in the Environmental Statement, Summer 2000. This was followed by and this will form an integral part of the In 1998, Entec was appointed to undertake extensive planning related consultations, remediation strategy which if planning a feasibility study, which would not only which culminated in the preparation of a permission is received, will be look at ways to remediate the effects of the detailed EIA, covering a wide range of implemented with the site reclamation burning, but would also deal with the other techical disciplines with particular focus on in 2003 mining legacies associated with the 40 ha ground and surface water management and site. These included the problem of a detailed odour assessment. The EIA shallow mining instability over accompanied a planning application outcropping coal seams and the problem of submitted in Summer 2002. rising minewater within the old workings The odour assessment at Riddochhill Bing of the nearby former Polkemmet Colliery. also represents a new approach to the Entec recommended a solution based on problems associated with burning colliery the shallow excavation of coal. This would spoil. Sulphurous odours have been enable the areas of ground instability to be emitted from the site over a period of many removed and a suitable excavation created years and have been a source of concern to in which to backfill and compact the the local population. To identify the extent existing burning material under controlled of the odour problem, Entec undertook a conditions. The design of the scheme field monitoring programme during 2001, would also enable valuable development followed by a computer generated land close to the M8 Motorway to be modelling exercise. This has been brought into productive use and the site accompanied by ongoing continuous could also provide the means for the monitoring funded by West Lothian Remediation advice helps unlock the development potential of former colliery land Telephone 0800 371733 PP-015 www.entecuk.com Page 1 of 1
"Reclamation of Former Colliery Land at Riddochhill Bing West"