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River Esk: Anger at air pollution in Musselburgh water as investigation by SEPA and East Lothian Council underway


East Lothian Council and SEPA have claimed that additional work will happen following a air pollution incident within the River Esk in Musselburgh first reported on Friday.

Footage surfaced throughout social media of the River Esk polluted by what seems to be oil operating by way of its murky depths.

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Native residents have expressed their concern for the water space, the encompassing wildlife and the air pollution’s basic impression on the setting.

Image of the River Esk air pollution in Musselburgh (Photograph: Shona McIntosh).

Shona McIntosh, a neighborhood resident stated: “Native persons are very fearful concerning the wildlife, and indignant about how lengthy it took earlier than we noticed any motion.

“Even after discovering the supply of the pollutant – which took two days – the coverage appeared to be to let all of the gasoline already spilled circulation by way of the river system into the Firth.

“Individuals are asking why extra effort wasn’t made to soak up or pump out the gasoline within the burn earlier than it reached the Esk, which could have lowered the horrible impression on our birds, mammals and fish.”

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Locals have raised their issues concerning the impression of the air pollution on the group (Photograph: Shona McIntosh).

The council has stated they recognize the group’s issues and additional booms and inspections shall be applied on the river to comprise materials, and additional shield the setting.

Along with its contractor and SEPA, the council has stated it’s persevering with to evaluate remediation measures.

An East Lothian Council spokesperson stated: “SEPA officers have been on website monitoring the impression and persevering with investigations into the trigger.

“Shut monitoring of wildlife on the river continues, with any distressed birds being taken into care by the Scottish SPCA as area at their Nationwide Wildlife Rescue Centre turns into out there.

East Lothian Council and SEPA are working collectively to research the reason for the air pollution (Photograph: Shona McIntosh).

“Given the present nationwide threat of avian influenza (hen flu), it’s requested that the general public don’t contact or deal with any birds however as a substitute report these to the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999.”

In accordance with the council, SEPA is unable to remark additional at this stage “given the matter is a reside investigation and because of the potential for enforcement or felony motion.”

SEPA has requested for anybody with info to contact its 24 Hour Air pollution Hotline on 0800 80 7060, through sepa.org.uk/report or to contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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