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Pollution concern after River Ouse boat fire drama
9:28am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
ENVIRONMENT officials have moved to reassure people worried about pollution from a boat disaster on the River Ouse.
Concerned residents have spoken of their fears that fuel leaking from the wreckage of a boat which was destroyed in a dramatic blaze on the River Ouse last month could be damaging the river environment.
But now experts from the Environment Agency have said the wreck, which is still moored at the site of the blaze near King’s Staith, poses no threat.
Environment Officer Ian Moss said: “Following the fire of a leisure boat on the Ouse in York, we are confident that the remains are not presently posing a risk of pollution to the river.
“Similarly, we do not expect that there should be any further problems when the wreckage is salvaged.
“However, on a general note of watercourse pollution, should anyone see anything in the river that appear to be pollution, please report it to the Environment Agency on our incident hotline – 0800 807060.”
A spokesman for the Canal and River Trust – the national body responsible for looking after UK waterways – has confirmed a specialist salvage firm overseeing the boat’s recovery has contacted them about plans to get the wreck out of the water.
The firm has assessed the site and is likely to need divers on site when the boat is recovered, meaning the river could be “buoyed off” to keep other boats away while the recovery operation goes on.
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