Sörböle housing planned on contaminated land

There may need to be a clean-up of the land before new apartments can be built at Sörböle, as the plot where Samhällsbyggnadbolaget wants to build on is contaminated by several possibly toxic substances.

View from the east, with the Södra Sunnanå residential area in the background.

View from the east, with the Södra Sunnanå residential area in the background.

Foto: SBB

Skellefteå2023-02-07 13:30

As Norran previously reported, Samhällsbyggnadsbolaget (SBB) wants to build rental properties in an industrial area,on the plot Volten 2, which is closest to the south of Sunnanå Sportklubb.

There is currently light industry on the plot.

One problem with the site's industrial background is that there are toxins in the soil. The site has been used since the 1940s and there was a road maintenance workshop there, which means that oil, diesel, sand, salt and oil gravel have been handled.

In addition, the ground has been filled with iron sand, which is believed to emit metals. Arsenic, barium, cobalt, copper, chromium, molybdenum and zinc have been found which are above the current levels permitted by building quality standards. The level of zinc is even above the current limit for hazardous waste.

The industrial site is in the foreground with the Sunnanå Sportklubb in the background. The entrance to the plot is from Brogatan, which is on the right.

The municipality knows about the contaminated land, but since the land has hitherto been used for industrial purposes, the rules have not been so strict. Now there are plans to build 300 apartments, the safety requirements are higher.

An investigation must now be implemented to assess how to deal with the contamination. This will be carried out by the environmental department at Skellefteå municipality in collaboration between a consulting company.