A CHESTERFIELD farmer alerted safety officials after witnessing men dumping hazardous chemicals on a road.
Six metal drums – some labelled as containing the solvent methylene chloride – were dumped on Hodge Lane in Uppertown in the early hours.
The farmer alerted North East Derbyshire District Council after being awoken by a loud noise about 2am.
He looked out of the window to see a van driving away from the scene towards B5057 Darley Moor Road, with the drums left in the middle of the carriageway.
The council is appealing for anyone with information about the incident to come forward to catch culprits.
Coun Nick Foster, said: “These people have shown a total disregard for the safety of other motorists, as well as the wildlife and landscape nearby.
“The drums are old and rusty and the chemicals inside could have easily leaked into a dyke that runs nearby.”
Council workmen sealed off the area and the Environment Agency has since removed the drums.
n Anyone with information is asked to contact the council in confidence on 01246 217610.