owners and the present one cannot be traced.
Dangers of exposure
Excessive exposure to carbon disulphide may affect the brain, eyes, heart, liver, lungs, reproductive system, skin and unborn children. The chemical is also naturally present in the environment at low concentrations and is explosive. Investigations into the contaminated land have been prompted by Coventry MP Bob Ainsworth, who remembers playing beside a pond near the unfenced area as a child.
A team began surveying the area with ground radar and the tanks were discovered in concrete bunds. The tanks had been emptied and backfilled, but were found to contain CS2 residues, with more found beneath the tanks and in the soil in the wider vicinity. Experts feared that the chemicals could have moved through the ground to affect nearby
residents in Threadneedle Street and instigated tests to verify whether the area was at significant risk.