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Tonka’s Tin pot “Garden City”- First shots fired

  In recent times, the unwanted “West Midlands Metro Mayor” Andy Street has been plugging his “brownfield first” house building agenda, ably assisted by his local media parrots in The Express and Star, and by the select band of semi … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Your Alternative toxic calendar is here.

The alternative to Solvay’s 2020 calendar which they annually distribute around the fall out zone of their COMAH Top tier hazardous site.  Free to download. 2020 toxic calendar Don’t forget, The information contained in this calendar is important- please keep … Continue reading

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Albright’s toxic archives #23 Shaving with DEATH

It was certainly the case with their political and civic society “friends” , that the Albright and Wilson families and their company could buy anything or anyone that they wanted in the early part of the Twentieth Century.  This is … Continue reading

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The red air of Oldbury turns blue

A historic General election revealed a very surprising result in the borough of Sandwell, where West Bromwich East, and West Bromwich West- where both Rattlechain lagoon and the Oldbury chemical factory reside, swapped hands to the Conservatives. Sandwell has been … Continue reading

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Darkside Quakers/Eugenics/Arthur Albright- The travelling casual racist

“You are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 15:14). My view of Quakers and Quakerism has unfortunately been largely formed by the investigation into their dealings at Oldbury with chemicals. I’m sure that there are many … Continue reading

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The rise, fall and toxic legacy of Albright and Wilson’s Portishead site.

Portishead The Portishead site near Bristol was built to provide increased white phosphorus capacity post war. The location was chosen primarily because of its dockside availability for the receipt of phosphate ore by sea and also adjacent power station and … Continue reading

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Albright’s toxic archives #22 Albright’s bluestone blues

  Albright and Wilson’s waste disposal activities did not just extend to pumping toxic slurries and burying drums at their own tips. They also offloaded hazardous waste to some dubious entities involved in “waste disposal”- one of these being “Bluestone … Continue reading

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West Midlands DOOMWATCH sites

  When site licensing for waste disposal sites was introduced following The Control of Pollution  Act 1974 , it was hailed as a means of preventing pollution from occurring. It was however a false dawn and an utter failure.  Site … Continue reading

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Captain Ahab on the chain

I have always been a big fan of the website “Captain Ahab’s watery tales”. It is probably the best canal blog around, packed with local history information about lost arms of the BCN canal network and beyond. I have used … Continue reading

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Do panic Captain Mainwaring!

  On Friday, Solvay “tested” their air raid siren alarm, supposedly an implement to warn the general public about an emergency on the site such as a fire or release of chemicals. This annual event receives much publicity in the … Continue reading

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