CONCERNS over the Whitburn pump station plan echoed fears expressed by a long-time environmental campaigner in South Tyneside.
Bob Latimer, 70, has been concerned over the proposal to pump gallons of potentially polluted mine water into the sea untreated.
He fears that if the plan is not checked by the local authority, it could “come back to haunt them”.
Now he’s hoping the council will put pressure on the Coal Authority to treat the mine water.
Mr Latimer, pictured, said: “The results of the initial trial proved nothing, so it will be extremely disappointing if the council back this project.
“I have no objection to the discharging of this mine water into the sea providing that, like Dawdon and Horden, it is treated. I hope the council insist that this is done.
“I am far from convinced that the information being provided by the Coal Authority suggests that this is going to work.”
Mr Latimer labelled the scheme “a cheap fix”.
He said: “Just dumping it in the sea – out of sight, out of mind – is a cheap fix.
“There should be a full inquiry into what has gone wrong here before any further action is taken, and South Tyneside Council should be organising this.
“The generations to come will not thank any of us if this mine water dumping is allowed to go ahead.
“Remember, once it starts, it is forever.”