Low oxygen levels found in canal by Lawrence fire

Low oxygen levels found in canal by Lawrence fire

Taking action: Equipment being loaded onto a trailer.

Increasing oxygen: Paddle aerators being used in the canal.

First published in News

LOW oxygen levels have been found in a Kidderminster canal following fire water running off the site of a major blaze at Lawrence Recycling.

The Environment Agency has been monitoring the canal and have taken steps to increase oxygen levels in the water.

The fire at the site in Stourport Road broke out on Sunday at about 5.30pm.

Thousands of tonnes of rubbish caught fire and residents have been told they will see a smoke plume for about a week.

A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said: “We tested the water on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal and found low oxygen levels following fire water run off.

“This afternoon we have been using paddle aerators on the canal to increase oxygen levels in the water. We will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action.”

The Environment Agency has also been undertaking air quality monitoring to help Public Health England carry out a risk assessment.

Dr David Kirrage, a consultant with the Public Health England’s West Midlands health protection team, said: "It’s important that local residents understand that the risks to their health are low, however smoke is an irritant so it can make people’s eyes and throat sore.

“The general advice remains that people should do all they can to stay out of the smoke.”

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5:57pm Tue 18 Jun 13

jon cooper says...

This revelation of low oxygen levels in the canal is very grim news indeed, and it makes me question even louder: What exactly went up in a thick clouds of smoke on Sunday evening ????

I find it extraordainary that in the two days since this major incident took hold; and with smoke plumes still being apparent from the Lawrence's site; no source has been forthcoming to explain what materials fuelled the fire in the first place, and what chemical elements may be present in the smoke with relevance to the blaze on Sunday evening.

For the sake of public health, and the obvious enviromental impact; Lawrence's really should be a little more transparent to reveal exactly what was contained in that building prior to the events of two days ago !
This revelation of low oxygen levels in the canal is very grim news indeed, and it makes me question even louder: What exactly went up in a thick clouds of smoke on Sunday evening ???? I find it extraordainary that in the two days since this major incident took hold; and with smoke plumes still being apparent from the Lawrence's site; no source has been forthcoming to explain what materials fuelled the fire in the first place, and what chemical elements may be present in the smoke with relevance to the blaze on Sunday evening. For the sake of public health, and the obvious enviromental impact; Lawrence's really should be a little more transparent to reveal exactly what was contained in that building prior to the events of two days ago ! jon cooper
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6:17pm Tue 18 Jun 13

Stephen Brown says...

Sadly Jon I doubt either Lawrences, or the authorities, will ever come clean on this because they are all complicit in this with their softly softly previous approach. If push does come to shove they'll all point the finger at each other like usual to confuse us.

And as one commentator pointed out on another thread, it's all going to get a lot worse ..........when the blinkered county council finally sign off their incinerator project, despite its barmy unsuitable location, despite the financial and environmental risks - and that thing will burn plastics by the barrel load because it needs them to generate the heat to burn. Forget energy from waste, it;s a smokscreen literally that was and never will be achievable at the location chosen. And don't believe for one minute incinerators are safe either, they just filter the emissions to make them LOOK cleaner/safer than the stuff spewed out by Lawrences on Sunday. But go check the facts, incinerators pollute the environment.
Sadly Jon I doubt either Lawrences, or the authorities, will ever come clean on this because they are all complicit in this with their softly softly previous approach. If push does come to shove they'll all point the finger at each other like usual to confuse us. And as one commentator pointed out on another thread, it's all going to get a lot worse ..........when the blinkered county council finally sign off their incinerator project, despite its barmy unsuitable location, despite the financial and environmental risks - and that thing will burn plastics by the barrel load because it needs them to generate the heat to burn. Forget energy from waste, it;s a smokscreen literally that was and never will be achievable at the location chosen. And don't believe for one minute incinerators are safe either, they just filter the emissions to make them LOOK cleaner/safer than the stuff spewed out by Lawrences on Sunday. But go check the facts, incinerators pollute the environment. Stephen Brown
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