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Environment Agency set to stop pollution to Snipesmoor Brook

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

Pollution to the brook might finally be coming to a close

The brook has been polluted for years

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THE Environment Agency has told the News Telegraph that pollution which has been entering a small brook from the Airfield Industrial Estate could soon be stopped.

Residents of Snipesmoor Lane, off the A52 behind the former airfield site, say pollution has been entering Snipesmoor Brook, which runs alongside the lane, for more than two years.

The Environment Agency said an agreement had now been struck with two firms to carry out work need to stop the pollution.

Resident Christine Preston said: "At this time of year it's horrendous. The smell is one thing but the flies are awful. We get so many flies coming into our bungalow."

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Oil, diesel and even blood has polluted the brook in the past but residents say sewage is often present, causing it to smell, especially in the hot weather.

The Environment Agency has carried out tests through the culvert beneath the industrial estate to identify the source of the pollution.

The agency said it had been working with recycling firm Vital Earth and poultry processor Moy Park, which are both near the brook.

A spokesman said: "We have tried many things to try and resolve the problem such as dye tracing, camera surveys of the drains and sampling to establish if there is any human DNA in the water that would support or disprove claims of sewage pollution.

"We have recently received agreement from local businesses Moy Park and Vital Earth to remove the odorous sediment."

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