Chromium contamination in Polmadie Burn

  19 February 2019

A spokesperson from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

“Clyde Gateway, in partnership Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire Council, is undertaking extensive work to reduce the level of chromium, which is the result of chromium ore processing residue from a former chemical works previously located in the Shawfield area.  Work to stop contaminated ground water from entering the Polmadie Burn is due to be completed in the next couple of weeks and is expected to result in a considerable reduction in the level of chromium present in the burn. The work forms part of the wider remediation of historical land contamination in the Shawfield area by Clyde Gateway and partners.

“SEPA is providing guidance, advice and monitoring, working with local authorities and Clyde Gateway regarding environmental improvements and potential environmental impacts associated with the remediation of this land.”


  • Ensuring that any remediation works do not cause risk to public health is a responsibility of the relevant local authority.  In the case of remediation associated with the Polmadie Burn, the relevant local authority is Glasgow City Council.