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PostSubject: Re: list of pollution incidents on our rivers   Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:59 am

Absolultely disgraceful
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PostSubject: list of pollution incidents on our rivers   Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:55 pm



More rubbish, accompanied this time by a 400/500 yard line of frothy scum
coming from downstream of Hammersmith

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PostSubject: Re: list of pollution incidents on our rivers   Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:26 pm

Reminds me, I snapped this layer of diesel/oil at Blackfriar's on 25th Jan, it was extensive, continued upstream as far as the eye could see (half way to Waterloo bridge). You could smell it from up on the bridge :-

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PostSubject: list of pollution incidents on our rivers   Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:20 pm


On its way back down to putney
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PostSubject: Re: list of pollution incidents on our rivers   Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:17 pm

Water company fined for pollution offences

27-Feb-2012
South West Water has been ordered to pay £39,365 in fines and costs for allowing sewage to escape into the River Dart near Galmpton in South Devon.

The pollution occured close to a shellfishery. The case was brought by the Environment Agency.

On May 19, 2011 a member of the public reported pollution at Galmpton Quay. An Agency officer visited the site and found discoloured water entering a tidal section of the Dart estuary at Galmpton Creek. The pollution was traced to a sewage pumping station operated by South West Water in Kiln Road, Galmpton.

An inspection of the site revealed that the two pumps were blocked causing a discharge of crude sewage into the creek via a culvert. Further checks revealed there had been a similar pump blockage four days earlier (May 15) when South West Water staff installed a replacement pump.

During their visit, staff disconnected the telemetry line to plug in a handheld phone to overcome the poor mobile signal at the pumping station. Unfortunately, when they left the site they forgot to re-connect the telemetry (communication) line.

On May 17, 2011 the control room at South West Water received an alarm saying there had been a ‘total communications failure’ at Galmpton. An error by the water company’s administration team meant that no visit was made to the site to check whether the pumping station was operating correctly.

On May 18, the temporary pump failed and this triggered a series of alarms at the site, none of which were picked up by the water company’s control room because the telemetry cable was still unplugged. Records at the site showed that sewage started to spill from the pumping station on the afternoon of May 18 and that discharges continued intermittently throughout the day and night.

A shellfishery operated by Brixham Sea Farms Ltd is only around 600 metres from Galmpton Creek. Because of close proximity of the oyster beds and possible risk of contamination, the Agency informed South Hams District Council’s Environmental Health Department of the pollution. Brixham Sea Farms Ltd agreed not to sell any shellfish until they received confirmation the shellfish beds were unaffected by the discharge.

A sample of shellfish flesh taken on May 19, 2011 was found to contain ‘extremely high’ levels of E.coli bacteria. The maximum permitted limit is 100 per 100g of flesh. The sample contained 24,000 per 100g. The shellfishery was finally given the ‘all clear’ on May 27, after a second sample was obtained and found to be within safe limits.

There was a second pollution incident at Galmpton on August 20, 2011 when once again, untreated sewage was discharged into Galmpton Creek.

‘These offences resulted from the failure of South West Water to respond appropriately to the loss of communication with one of its pumping stations. There were clear indications of problems at the site, yet the water company failed to act. This resulted in illegal discharges of sewage into the Dart estuary,’ said Steve Foot for the Environment Agency.

Appearing before Torbay magistrates, South West Water Ltd, of Peninsula House, Rydon Lane, Exeter, Devon was fined a total of £37,000 and ordered to pay £2,365 costs after pleading guilty to three offences under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 including discharging poisonous, noxious or polluting matter into an inland freshwater and failing to ensure the standby pump at Kiln Road Pumping Station, Galmpton operated in accordance with the site’s environmental permit.
The case was heard on February 24.
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PostSubject: Re: list of pollution incidents on our rivers   Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:03 am

TAC were notified of an oil spill Thames at Windsor yesterday afternoon (but looks like it was first spotted Monday afternoon 27th Feb)
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Just to inform you that there has been a report of an oil spillage on the Thames at Windsor this afternoon, currently classed as a category 1 event. The oil appears to be engine oil (sump oil) and Environment Management have tried to contain it with booms. They report it has affected a couple of miles of river and the Datchet intake has been closed.

http://www.windsorexpress.co.uk/News/Areas/Windsor/Mystery-oil-spill-hits-Windsor-27022012.htm

http://www.windsorexpress.co.uk/News/Areas/Windsor/Shock-oil-slick-hits-Thames-swans-28022012.htm

http://www.windsorexpress.co.uk/News/Areas/Windsor/PHOTOS-Swans-rescued-from-Thames-oil-slick-28022012.htm



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