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Campaigners argue their case against an asbestos landfill in in Somerset

A campaign group has published a report today against plans to dump asbestos into a quarry near Chew Valley in Somerset.

The Stowey Sutton Action Group claim the proposed landfill would be bad for the environment and say more than 2,000 signatures have been collected in a petition opposing the plans.

They also say the landfill would be bad for the local water supply, a concern also raised by Bristol Water, who say it poses a risk to the long-term quality of the water in the Chew Valley Lake.

This afternoon campaigners have met to present their case at Folley Farm nature reserve in Stowey.

Campaigners say 50 lorries a day will pass through the area Credit: ITV Westcountry

The developers behind the plans say the asbestos will be buried underground in sealed units and the local council say the risk to water pollution is minimal. For the campaigners, that's not good enough.

They claim the distrIct produces only 1,200 tonnes of asbestos waste a year. The site at Stowey Quarry could have as much as 65,000 tonnes a year dumped in it. Aside from the environmental dangers, campaigners say the 100 lorry movements, 6 days a week, will put community safety at risk.

For the full report from the Stowey Sutton Action Group click here