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Olympics environmental work complete

Environmental work on the Olympic Park was completed yesterday following eight years of construction, the Environment Agency announced yesterday.

Over the last eight years the Environment Agency has worked with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and other partners to transform a neglected area of east London into a major urban park.

During the construction of the Olympic Park, engineers have cleaned eight kilometres of the river Lea, planted more than 300,000 wetland plants, 2,000 native trees. Work has also included cleaning up about 2.5km² of land, and improving flood defences to protect 4,000 properties in nearby Canning Town and West Ham.

The Environment Agency’s approach to regulating the process meant that the amount of contaminated soil leaving the site and going to landfill was reduced by 80%.

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