Polmadie Burn is located on the site of the former J&J Whites Chemical plant and runs into the River Clyde.
A burn contaminated by a cancer-causing chemical that resembles a ‘toxic soup’ is now causing increased concern among local residents by appearing to glow ‘luminous green’ as it flows through Richmond Park into the River Clyde.
Polmadie Burn is located on the site of the former J&J Whites Chemical plant – also known as Shawfield Chemical Works – which operated from 1820 to 1967 and produced up to 70% of the UK’s chromate products.
Back in March of 2019, Clyde Gateway demanded urgent action after cancer-causing chromium-VI was found flowing into the river from the burn, warning politicians that the contaminated land posed an immediate risk to human health because of the toxic waste.
Meanwhile back in January, we reported on the increased concern of locals about the contamination, who believe that the problem seems to have gotten worse due to weather patterns or local building work, having first turned green back in February of 2018.
New concerning photos have since emerged in the past few days, taken by local Colin Harkins, showing the burn looking as toxic and dangerous as it ever has been appearing to glow ‘luminous green’.
The photos, which were posted on the Scotland From The Roadside Facebook page, have been met with what could only be described as a wave of shock and anger by Glaswegians, many of whom who have become aware of the problem for the first time.
Back in January Glasgow City Council informed Glasgow Live that they have been working with a range of partners, including Clyde Gateway, to address the historic ground pollution connected to the former chemical works at Shawfield, including work to divert an underground culvert away from the area of pollution and ground remediation.