Blaze pollution enters South Yorkshire watercourse
The Environment Agency is now assessing the impact on wildlife, including fish.
Firefighters were called to the blaze at R Plevin and Sons at Crow Edge last Monday after a huge pile of wood chippings, measuring half the size of a football field and 20 metre high, went up in
Joanne Briddock, Catchment Co-ordinator at the Environment Agency, said: “During the time that the fire has been burning, a lot of water has been used to keep it under control. This was previously
being contained on site but polluted run-off has now entered Sledbrook Dyke, a tributary of the River Don.
“Our officers are assessing the impact on the watercourse. We have been taking water samples and we are monitoring the impact on wildlife, including fish. We are also working to contain the
pollution, to prevent any further impact on the environment.”
Anyone who sees any dead fish or other impact on nearby watercourses is urged to report the matter to the Environment Agency’s incident hotline on 0800 807060.