Hi MaryIf DEFRA is exhuming Foot -and- Mouth carcases at the "Tow Law (Cumbria) burial site, digging up the carcasses for incineration as leachate from the site has now entered the ground water in the area..."And the burial at Cheltenham of the solitary body of such a famous horse as Best Mate is forbidden by EU legislation and the Fallen Stock Act.We would like to know.............When will the 8,550 tonnes of extremely dangerous carcasses impregnated with Organo Phosphates and Formaldehyde at the Viridor landrise at Kingsteignton Newton Abbot, be exhumed for incineration?Diane
Government rule out Mate burial Triple Gold Cup winner Best Mate will not be buried at Exeter racecourse because of government legislation.
The triple Cheltenham Gold Cup winner collapsed and died of a suspected heart attack at the course on Tuesday and will now be cremated.
"We tried very hard to meet the wishes of the owner to have the animal buried here," said Exeter's managing director Geoffrey Billson.
"But under European legislation and the Fallen Stock Act, we cannot do that."
Various agencies, including the Environment Agency, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and Trading Standards, confirmed that burial at the racecourse would not be allowed.
Regulations were brought in by the European Parliament after the foot and mouth outbreak in Britain in 2001.
"The plan now is he'll be cremated, probably on Thursday, then we will have a memorial service for him when we commit the ashes which would probably be next week," said Best Mate's owner Jim Lewis.
"We've had loads of messages from all over the world, and it is very moving but it is great support as well.
"We thank everybody for being so supportive. We do appreciate it."
Warmwell; September 1 2005 ~ Continuing problems of FMD site leachate "... The workers tell me their next job is 14 weeks at the Tow Law (Cumbria) burial site, digging up the carcasses for incineration as leachate from the site has now entered the ground water in the area..." A letter in the WMN today
BURIAL SITE INCOMPETENCE 11:00 - 01 September 2005 Activity continues at the Ashmoor site in Devon where £15 million was spent on the unused carcass burial pits during the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001. A team of men is taking up hardcore roads and washing the hardcore which, if not sold or otherwise used, will be sent to the Deep Moor landfill site - all at additional public expense. The workers tell me their next job is 14 weeks at the Tow Law (Cumbria) burial site, digging up the carcasses for incineration as leachate from the site has now entered the ground water in the area. Once again there is evidence of the incompetence of MAFF/Defra in handling the epidemic, the disposal of the carcasses and the misuse of public money their incompetence incurred.
As to the role of the Environment Agency in this fiasco, how can a body charged with protecting the environment have let Defra bury the carcasses in a way which allowed the leachate to pollute the ground water?
During Ashmoor's construction it was clear the EA was subservient to Defra instead of acting to protect the environment from the incompetence shown in siting and building the pits. It seems the same sycophantic attitude was in evidence at Tow Law.
Joe Skinner Okehampton