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Thank you for your e-mail. In answer to the specific questions you have
raised regarding Gas Works - Ramsgate, I am writing to advise you of the
following. To the best of my knowledge:

A range of surface & subsurface soil contaminants of concern have been
identified at the Gas Station and Depot at Boundary Road, Ramsgate. A
Quantitative Human Health Risk Assessment report Compiled by MWH in May 2004
has highlighted the following compounds, associated with the former
industrial use of this site, as exceeding the soil screening criteria (as
compared to contemporary Residential Soil Screening Values and excluding
localized hotspots within tanks):

- Naphthalene
- Acenaphthaline
- Penanthrene
- Anthracene
- Flouranthene
- Benzo(a)anthracene
- Chrysene
- Benzo(b)flouranthene
- Benzo(k)fluoranthene
- Benzo(a)pyrene
- Indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene
- Dibenz(a,h)anthracene
- Total PAH
- Complex Cyanide
- Arsenic
- Lead
- Nickel
- Mineral Oil

Plus requiring further characterization:

- Benzene
- Toluene
- Ethylbenzene
- Xylene
- Mercury (elemental)

As you have highlighted, these contaminants will require extensive
remediation if the site is to be resored to the required standards to
support a sensitive/vulnerable proposed end use. I'm afraid that amenity use
(such as gardens/park) would also fall under a vulnerable end use
classification, as there would still exist the potential for sensitive
receptos (e.g. young children) to come into contact with these contaminants
(via direct ingestion of soil, outdoor dust, dermal contact pathways,
etc...). Even if the exposure was occasional, an amenity use would still be
precluded given the current condition of the site.