Saturday, July 7, 2007

Foam spillage kills fish in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire

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Dead fish have been found floating in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire after a foam spillage, it has been revealed today. The foam, which is fire-fighting foam, has killed fish along a 3km stretch of the Dudgrove Brook in Fairford, writes Jamie Caswell.

The Environment Agency has received reports of people suffering from sore throats and itchy eyes.

Environment Agency lock keeper Peter Payne says up to six feet of foam – which is travelling down the River Thames - had begun trailing through Lechlade weir last night (Thursday).

Investigation officer Emma Bateman said: “We are keeping a close eye on the progress of the slug of foam down the Thames today and we expect it to go through Oxford during the course of the day.

The Environment Agency said it believed it had traced the source of the pollution but would not release further details. Members of the public can report the pollution incidents by calling the Environment Agency’s emergency hotline on 0800 807060.

Source : 24dash

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