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Edna Booth, secretary of the local residents association, said the cause of the pollution was drilling mud poured into the landfill three decades ago . .
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That beach has been polluted for 20 years. It has got a fairly checkered history.
But I think it is the worst I have ever seen it.
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Local councillor Allan Hendry said: “A lot of the land there is totally dead. When the landfill was formed in the late 1930s they just dumped anything and everything.
We wonder why there is a shortage of spring salmon. Since 1988, this landfill has been leaking out pollutant derived from the oil industry. From 1988 to 1992, a waste recycling company used this landfill to dispose of non-notifiable liquid waste, in other words, the washings etc out of oil tankers and ships. In 1992, it was licenced by Aberdeenshire Council to accept drilling mud which contained hydrocarbons, phenols and lots and lots of other nasty materials, which are harmful to marine life and yes, wait for it, it was licenced as a dilute and disperse site and was completely unlined, therefore ran straight to the sea in the migratory paths of silver fish and their smolt. This pollutant leaches out all year round and is at its' worst between October and May, when we have storms at sea, heavy snow/rainfall. If you study the catch records as I have, I believe this tells the story.
The former landfill site at Blackdog is believed to have been used as a dumping spot between the 1930s and 1980s.
At the Exposition Rudolf Diesel exhibited his diesel engine, running on peanut oil.