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PostSubject: 4,000 fish killed in the River Nene   Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:55 pm

From http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/local/chemical-spill-will-have-long-term-impact-on-river-nene-wildlife-1-3963408


Wednesday 4.30pm: A chemical spill in the River Nene is likely to have a “long-term impact” on wildlife there, environment officials have revealed.

The 5,000 litre chemical spill in Orton Southgate took place over the weekend and resulted in the death of 4,000 fish.

Officials at the Environment Agency (EA) said today (Wednesday) that water quality in the centre of Peterborough is almost back to normal with no new fish deaths reported.

But the EA has also revealed that the slug of dead fish has passed from Peterborough through to Wisbech.

Norman Robinson, a spokesman for the EA, said: “We are no longer seeing fish struggling in the water and believe the worst to have passed but we are staying alert and continuing to monitor throughout the week and weekend.”

The incident prompted the EA to issue a warning for people to avoid going near the river.

Now the Agency is waiting for results of water tests to confirm the danger has passed before giving the all clear to water users.

Mr Robinson added: “We have been unable to save some fish and our biological surveys have shown there is likely to be a long-term impact on the flora and fauna of the river.

“The exact effect is not yet know.”

The agency has also been in talks with organisations around the Wash to ensure the very small risk to waters beyond Wisbech is understood and managed.

As a result of the spill fishing in The Wash has been suspended.

The Food Standards Agency has imposed a control orders on fish and shellfish caught in The Wash and River Nene, which runs through Sutton Bridge.

Any further reports of fish struggling should contact the Environment Agency emergency hotline on 0800 80 70 60

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PostSubject: Re: 4,000 fish killed in the River Nene   Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:01 pm

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/140406.aspx
Seem to be carefully not saying which company, nor what chemical is responsible.
Likely for legal reasons, hopefully the whole bookshelf will be thrown at them.

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PostSubject: Re: 4,000 fish killed in the River Nene   Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:59 pm

Bloody right mate, not lost on any angler that is was at the start of the river fishing season. Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: 4,000 fish killed   Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:22 pm

same old excuses north of the thames. it was vandals or our septic tank was flytipped following up witrh all the fish have returned, of course they have. Mad
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PostSubject: Re: 4,000 fish killed in the River Nene   Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:25 pm

Seems the situation is improving but 4000 fish killed is never returning to normal...


River Nene returning to normal

21-Jun-2012
Water samples taken from the River Nene in Peterborough have confirmed that the immediate danger to fish in the river from the chemical spill earlier in the week has passed.

The Environment Agency has said lab results show extremely low levels of the chemicals left in the river system and is expecting the river to return to normal over the next few days.

It is still urging people to remain vigilant for fish struggling as there is a low risk of small amounts of chemical being washed through from surface water drains with rain today and predicted for tomorrow.

“There may still be small pockets of the chemical that have remained undetected but we would expect the rain to dilute any to such a level that it shouldn’t present a problem,” said Norman Robinson from the Agency.

Any further reports of fish struggling should be made to the Environment Agency emergency hotline on 0800 80 70 60.
The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation over the next few days before the complete all clear can be given to water users in the River Nene between Orton Mere and Wisbech.

The Food Standards Agency is continuing to work with all partners on the Wash regarding the current closure notices on the shellfisheries

“We are grateful for the support of anglers by not fishing along the affected stretch of the Nene to give remaining fish a chance to recover from the stress of the pollution and would appreciate their continued support for the next couple of days,” said Mr Robinson.
At least 4,000 fish are known to have died in the pollution but the Agency is now working out the final toll of the impact of the pollution and how it can help the river to recover.

“We have been unable to save some fish and our biological surveys have shown there is likely to be a long-term impact on the flora and fauna of the river. The exact effect is not yet known,” said Mr Robinson.
Tens of thousands of fish were seen in distress along the length of affected river after the 5,000 litre chemical spill at the weekend from Orton Southgate industrial estate.

Throughout the week the Agency has been managing water flows between Orton Mere and the Dog in a Doublet Sluice to help dilute the chemical pollution which lowered the risk to wildlife.

Although the levels of chemical detected in the water are no risk to human health, people are still advised to take precautions and to follow NHS advice if they find contact with the water causes irritation.

Anyone concerned about being in contact with the water and who has skin irritation should wash skin and hair with soap and water in the first instance. If irritation persists they are advised to seek medical advice.

If anyone has irritation in their eyes after being in contact with the water they should flush immediately with plenty of drinking water for 15 minutes and seek medical attention if irritation persists.

The chemical spill is being investigated by police and the Environment Agency.

Businesses and farmers can take simple steps to prevent pollution including storing oils and chemicals safely and securely. For more tips see our 'basic steps' guide to preventing pollution at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/pollution/39083.aspx

If you see pollution, or want an update on an incident, call the Environment Agency's Helpline on 0800 807060.
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PostSubject: Re: 4,000 fish killed in the River Nene   Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:00 pm

From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-18624048

River Nene pollution wipes out invertebrates

The environment agency says "well in excess" of 4,000 fish died as a result of the chemical leak

Chemicals leaked into a Cambridgeshire river have wiped out the majority of invertebrates along the affected stretch, the Environment Agency said.

The number of fish killed was now thought to be "well in excess" of the estimated 4,000.

The spill, believed to have been caused by vandals, affected the River Nene near Peterborough on or around 16 June.

The agency said water quality had almost returned to normal and fish were no longer being affected.

Norman Robinson from the Environment Agency said 100% of invertebrates including pond skaters, water shrimps, water snails, leeches, and Mayflies, close to the source of the chemical spill, had died.

Further down the river about 80% had been killed.

He described them as vital to the food chain.

"Our biological surveys have shown there is likely to be a long-term impact on the flora and fauna of the river," Mr Robinson said.

"We are now working out how to help the river recover."

The source of the leak was confirmed as Safapac, a hazardous chemical manufacturing company based at Orton Southgate, near Peterborough.

Its director has blamed the leak on vandals who broke into the premises.

Cambridgeshire Police have confirmed they are investigating the break-in which they believe took place between 22:00 BST on Friday 15 June and 05:30 BST on the Monday.
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