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Pollution on the River Neath

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Published on Sep 23, 2011

Environment Agency Wales is investigating a pollution incident affecting a 10km stretch of the River Neath between Abergarwed and Neath town.

Officers responded following a report from a concerned member of the public and found a stretch of the river to be orange in colour.




Initial investigations have revealed a number of fish in distress and we are looking into the feasibility of conducting a fish rescue.

Officers are currently working to trace the source of the pollution and will take necessary action to protect the environment.

Gavin Bown, Environment Agency Wales said:

"We want to thank those who have reported this incident to us. We are in the process of assessing the impact of the incident and whether it is feasible to rescue any fish in distress.

"Our priority is to minimise the impact of the pollution on the local environment and investigate how and why this has happened.

"We urge anyone who sees pollution or danger to the natural environment to contact our emergency hotline on 0800 80 70 60. The hotline operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, calls are free from landlines and will be treated in the strictest confidence."

Filmed at the Garwed Brook on the River Neath.

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