Smell puz­zle

Scot­tish Wa­ter in­ves­ti­gate‘chem­i­cal dis­charge’

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Mys­tery sur­rounds a ‘chem­i­cal odour’ re­port­edly com­ing from the Clyde in Ruther­glen on Fri­day.

Scot­tish Wa­ter are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the source of the smell, which was also re­ported near Dal­marnock and Park­head ear­lier in the week.

Mys­tery sur­rounds a “chem­i­cal odour” that was re­ported com­ing from the Clyde at Ruther­glen on Fri­day.

A Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue team at­tended the river near to Dal­marnock Bridge just af­ter 4pm on Jan­uary 6.

Scot­tish Wa­ter was also on the scene and are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the source of the sub­stance.

The Scot­tish En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency are also look­ing into the in­ci­dent but re­fused to com­ment on whether the source of the smell was po­ten­tially harm­ful to fish and other wildlife in the river.

It is be­lieved the smell, which has been de­scribed as be­ing “petroleum-like”, is re­lated to sim­i­lar odours re­ported in Dal­marnock, Park­head and Bridgeton ear­lier in the week.

On Thurs­day, the Emirates Arena had to be evac­u­ated as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

A spokesman for Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue said there had been calls on Jan­uary 4 and 5 from the Glas­gow side of the river be­fore the Ruther­glen call on Fri­day.

He added: “At 4.13pm on Fri­day, Jan­uary 6 the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice was called to re­ports of a chem­i­cal smell in the area around Dal­marnock Bridge in Ruther­glen.

“This ap­pears to have been re­lated to sim­i­lar in­ci­dents in the Dal­marnock area ear­lier in the week.

“An en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion unit was sent to the scene to as­sist Scot­tish Wa­ter and at­mo­spheric mon­i­tor­ing was car­ried out.

“We left the scene shortly be­fore 9pm af­ter mak­ing sure the area was safe.”

Scot­tish Wa­ter are treat­ing the in­ci­dents as a “sus­pected fuel dis­charge”. A spokesman said checks on the sew­ers showed they were clear of any vapours.

They added: “Scot­tish Wa­ter will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the waste wa­ter net­work in the area and in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the sus­pected fuel dis­charge.”

Kick­ing up a stink The nasty odour was re­ported near to Dal­marnock Bridge

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.