• Pest controllers found dead after 'chemical spill' at Norfolk poultry factory

    4 October 2018

    The incident happened at the Banham Poultry factory in Norfolk. Pic: Google Street View

    Two pest controllers have been found dead at a Norfolk poultry factory following a suspected chemical spill.

    Emergency services were called to Banham Poultry in Attleborough at about 1.10am on Thursday after the sub contractors' bodie...

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  • Emergency services respond to ferry collision and oil spill exercise

    11 September 2018

    Red Funnel will be taking part in an exercise to test the multi-agency response to a ferry collision and oil spill in Southampton Waters this morning.

    Red-Eagle-red-funnel leaving-Cowes

    If you are on a Red Funnel ferry this morning, you might notice something unusual taking pl...

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  • Rotterdam oil spill: Hundreds of birds hit after Dutch leak

    10 August 2018

    Hundreds of swans, geese, cormorants and gulls have been caught in an oil spill after a tanker crashed into a jetty in the port of Rotterdam.

    The Bow Jubail ruptured its hull, pouring 220 tonnes of oil into the harbour on Saturday and officials immediately tried to contain the spill.

    Rescue workers have been overwhelmed by the number of contaminated birds.

    Volunteers have converged on the area to help clean them. Rotterdam is Europe's biggest port.

    On Sunday, hundreds of birds covered in oil were being taken to wildlife shelte...

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  • Chemical spill leads to major fish kill in County Down river

    23 January 2017

    Accidental discharge from a treatment works caused the deaths of more than 1,600 fish in a river near Newcastle, County Down, NI Water has said.

    It said the "pollution incident" affected the Annsborough River on Saturday afternoon and the cause was identified and rectified shortly after.


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  • BP oil spill off Shetland being 'rapidly dispersed naturally'

    10 November 2016

    Maritime and Coastguard AgencyAerial photographs of the spill were taken by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency at noon on Sunday

    An oil spill from a BP platform off Shetland is being "rapidly dispersed naturally", the energy giant has said.

    An estimated 95 tonnes of oil was released into the water from the C...

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  • Cumbrian lakes hold a centuries-long flood record

    23 September 2016

    Keswick barrierTo understand what could happen in the future requires some knowledge of what happened in the past

    Any plan to protect homes and businesses from flooding has to understand the scale of the problem being confronted.

    Key questions are: "How often will it flood, and how big will the events be?"


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  • Large chemical spill at Oxford BMW Mini plant

    19 August 2016

    Aftermath of acid leak at Mini plantThe spillage took place in Building 50 at the BMW Mini plant in Cowley

    About 100 litres of hydrochloric acid leaked from a container at the BMW Mini plant in Oxford.

    A hazardous materials decontamination crew was sent to the Cowley site at about 02:00 BST.

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  • River Derwent oil spillage in Derby 'could take weeks' to clean up

    29 July 2016

    "Hundreds of litres" of oil have spilled into the River Derwent in Derby, and experts say a clean-up could take weeks.

    Environment Agency officers were scrambled to the riverside after receiving calls from concerned passers-by at around 7am on Tuesday. Pollution was spotted beside the cycle path that runs alo...

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  • Caterpillar apologises for diesel spill off County Antrim coast

    24 June 2016

    On Saturday, 40,000 litres of diesel got into a storm drain at Caterpillar's Larne plantOn Saturday, 40,000 litres of diesel got into a storm drain at Caterpillar's Larne plant.

    A senior manager in the manufacturing company responsible for a huge diesel spill off the coast of County Antrim has apologised for t...

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  • Working to restore salmon to Yorkshire’s rivers

    29 April 2016

    The River Don at SprotbroughThe River Don at Sprotbrough

    It was once one of the dirtiest rivers in Europe, but salmon could be set to return to the stretch of the River Don through Sheffield city centre...

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