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Cinderhill Mines and Minewater.

July 2nd, 2018 in News by emily

1 Introduction.

1.1 The purpose of this report is to outline and detail the findings of investigations carried out as to the movement of contaminants into mine workings that may exist beneath the Acid Tar Pits site, Cinderhill, Derbyshire. This examination of data and information will ascertain the effects, if any, that the contamination from the Tar Pits has caused or if any pollutants from the site currently are infiltrating minewaters beyond the site.1.2 The research carried out has included visits to the site, the Environment Agency, Nottingham offices, Derbyshire County Records Office, Matlock and the library at British Geological Survey, Keyworth. Research has examined many web sites, those most relevant are detailed in the Bibliography, individuals have been interviewed to gain local perspectives and understanding.

1.3 The acid tars (the waste material from re-refining of used lubricant oils) that make up much of the material of concern, plus other industrial matter including foundry sands, were deposited in deep clay pits over a number of years. There is no record of exact quantities of material brought to the site (Banks et al. 1998, suggests over 60,000 cubic metres) but the condition of the land and its contamination witness to a wide variety of substances. The sources of much of the waste material tipped into the site are known.

1.4 This report considers the hydrogeological makeup of the ground under and around the site to understand the possible movement away from site via dynamic water movements within the minewaters of the abandoned mines workings that existed from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These workings being known to have been linked via workings that interlink across the borders of Nottinghamshire.

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Author: emily

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