COUNCILLORS have finally given the goahead for a refuse dump which closed in 1998 to be fully restored.
The Environment Agency has been pressing the council for years to cap the site at Cromwell Bottom, Brighouse, because of fears of pollution.
The former tip stands beside the River Calder and thousand of pounds have been spent every year on containing the noxious substances leaking out.
Environment spokesman Barry Collins told Calderdale Council Cabinet: “The conditions of the current Environmental Permit for the site includes a requirement to cap it with an impermeable layer upon completion of land filling activities.
“These ceased in 1998 but the capping work has not been carried out and the Environment Agency is seeking completion of the required restoration.”
He said the council needed to proceed as soon as possible.
The cabinet was told the cost involved could be considerable but agreed to seek tenders and to look at whether methane gas escaping from the tip could be captured and used for commercial purposes.
The gas could be produced for another 20 or 30 years.
Since 2006, an experiment has been under way to trap, measure and burn off some of the emissions which are damaging the environment.
It is estimated that collecting all the gas would prevent about 5,445 tons of greenhouses gasses escaping into the atmosphere every year - the equivalent of 21.6 million car miles.
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