Investigation after another “unknown substance” leaks into Shipley Country Park pond

An investigation has been started by the Environment Agency after an “unknown substance” leaked into a Derbyshire pond. Members from the organisation were called out after a substance had made its way into Adam’s Pond, in Adams Close, in Heanor, for the second time in three months. The agency stated that there was no threat to wildlife or fish, but said they would be taking out further water samples to find out the “nature of the pollutant”.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “Environment Agency officers are investigating a discharge from Heanor Industrial Estate into Adam’s Pond, at Shipley Country Park, following reports of an unknown substance in the water.

The toxic chemical leaked into a nearby pondAdams Pond, scene of a previous pollution incident in February, appears to have been hit again

“So far, there has been no impact to fish or wildlife in the pond and the results of initial tests have not shown any indication of a significant pollutant in the water. “Further water samples will be taken to determine the nature of the pollutant.” Crews from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water were scrambled to the scene just before 5pm on Wednesday, April 11, following reports of a substance leak.

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A spokesman from the fire service said: “We were called to the scene at 4.53pm to reports of a leaking unknown substance.

“The Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water were also in attendance. “The incident was with and the substance is no longer leaking. “We are not sure whether this is something to do with the previous spillage.

“We left the scene just before 8.30pm on Wednesday (April 11).” In February, the Telegraph reported that around 1,000 litres of diluted cyanide had been spilled[1] at an industrial estate in Heanor.

Emergency services were also called to an incident in Heanor in FebruaryEmergency services were also called to an incident in Heanor in February

Seven people were decontaminated at the scene after a forklift truck pierced the container carrying the toxic chemical at a business in Heanor Gate Industrial Estate, in Adams Close. Some of the hazardous liquid leaked into Adams Pond and a nearby brook, which runs to Shipley Country Park.

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However, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said that there was no risk to the public as the cyanide was heavily diluted at a concentration of two per cent.

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