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There are a significant number of operational and no longer operational chemical sites in the UK. In the vast majority of cases, these properties are located in areas of industrial development. However, this does not mean that the surrounding environment is not sensitive—sites located in the North East along rivers like the Tyne are adjacent to mud flats that have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Older chemical sites have often been developed, and those located near the centre of towns and cities may have been developed for residential end use.
Operational chemical sites have the potential to cause environmental damage from their bulk liquid storage and processing areas or waste stream—particularly associated with their drainage system. In addition, fires at these facilities have potential to cause significant damage, for example the 2011 Chemie Pack
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