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Government won't pay for clean-up.

PLEAS for funding to clean up a former tar works which is polluting the River Tyne have been rejected - after a Minister said spending cuts made it impossible.

Newcastle East MP Nick Brown urged the Government to back the city council's proposals to clean up land at St Anthony's Tar Works on Walker Riverside.

He said: "The site to this day causes a significant amount of water pollution in the adjacent River Tyne as well as posing a risk to human health."

The MP warned that the local authority did not have enough cash to clean up the site on its own. Newcastle City Council has drawn up PS2m plans to stop tar leeching off the site.

But Environment Minister George Eustice said the Government was only able to pay to clean up the most serious cases of pollution - and the tar works did not meet the criteria.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 29, 2014
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