Beach bathing warning after pollution kills fish in Par River is lifted: UPDATE (From This is The West Country)
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Beach bathing warning after pollution kills fish in Par River is lifted: UPDATE
5:00pm Wednesday 31st July 2013 in Cornwall
UPDATE: A bathing warning has been lifted at Par Beach following a pollution problem that killed over 1,000 fish.
Bathers have been given the all-clear to swim again after Cornwall Council said that there have been no further reports of incidents, coupled with the amount of rainfall over the past few days.
This would have "diluted and washed out any pollutant from the river and bathing areas", says the authority.
The results of the Environment Agency investigation has not yet been received
Over 1,000 fish, including sea trout, salmon and flounders, were killed by pollution in the Par River.
A spokesman from the Environment Agency said: "While the pollutant is highly toxic to fish, it doesn't appear to have affected the invertebrates and micro-organisms in the river."
The Environment Agency has said they are focusing their investigation on a tributary and hopes test samples would identify the source of the pollution.
With the pollution, which has affected a four-mile stretch of river, first found on Friday, the public have been warned not to enter the water, including at nearby Par Beach.
The public have been warned not to enter the water after a 'pollution incident' killed fish in the Par River.
The Environment Agency are investigating however it is not believed to be associated with the sewage treatment works. As the source of the pollution is unknown the public are being advised not to enter the water.
A Cornwall Council spokesman said: “There is a risk that the pollution incident will be affecting the bathing water quality and as a precaution members of the public are being advised not to enter the water.
“It is unlikely that the Environment Agency will be in a position to know whether the warnings can be removed until at least Monday. This incident is not believed to be associated with the sewage treatment works.”
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