Environment minister contacted over “chemical spillage” in Canons Brook

News / Mon 16th Aug 2021 at 04:09pm

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has been in contact with senior government ministers over a “chemical spillage” in a stream in Harlow.

As YH reported on Sunday morning, the Canons Brook runs close to the golf course and Fold Croft houses.

Harlow MP Robert Halfon has prided an update.

He said: “It is really awful to see the spillage at Canons Brook. I have alerted the Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow.

I have also had discussions with the Environment Agency this afternoon and representatives have assured me that they are carrying out an investigation.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said:

Our specialist officers are investigating how Canons Brook in Harlow turned blue over the weekend, but thankfully have no current evidence of harm to wildlife or the environment.

“Members of the public with information that might help our investigation, or if they suspect pollution in any rivers or streams should contact our incident hotline on 0800 807060.

Outdoor drains are designed to carry only rainwater, usually to the nearest river or stream.

As the water is 100% natural rainwater there is no requirement to send it with the dirty water that comes from our homes to a waste treatment works, instead it travels directly into our rivers and seas.

It’s important that pollutants such as engine oil, cooking oil, paints, chemical wastes, and detergents are never poured down the drain.

“Instead, take unwanted items to your household recycling centre to be disposed of safely, remember only rain down the drain.”

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2 Comments for Environment minister contacted over “chemical spillage” in Canons Brook:

Susan Webb
2021-08-16 17:33:54

As a fold Croft resident I am deeply concerned about this contamination to our local brook and the damage it could potentially cause. What steps will be taken to ensure this never happens again?

2021-08-19 17:32:37

Hi All; There is quite a lot of contaminated land in Essex and Chelmsford! In North Melbourne, Chelmsford, nr. the old school and theatre....there is practically a dumping ground for garbage! The Council does practically nothing for the residents there! Most of the Houses there are practically flea-pits and dumping grounds for all manner of wastes.... I am simply NOT surprised at the Audacity of the wastes dumped in the ESSEX Area...

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