Fuel spill after Sheffield waste management firm fire ‘has not hit water quality’

Pollution on the River Don at Kelham Island, Sheffield
Pollution on the River Don at Kelham Island, Sheffield
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Sheffield’s water quality has not been affected significantly by kerosene fuel spilling into the River Don following a waste management plant fire, Environment Agency bosses have said.

Officials have been monitoring the river since the blaze at Frogson Waste Management on Douglas Road on July 19.

They said while the RSPCA was called out to deal with a ‘small number’ of birds affected by the oil spill, there have been no reports of wildlife dying as a result of the pollution.

Environment management team leader Ian Harrison said: “Samples taken near the site show there hasn’t been a significant impact on water quality in the River Don.

“The company responded quickly to help clear oil from the river following the fire, and Environment Agency officers have been monitoring the river over the last 10 days.

“The RSPCA attended the site to deal with a small number of birds which had come into contact with oil in the water, but there has been no significant damage to wildlife.

“We have had no reports of dead fish or fish in distress. If members of the public have any concerns they should call 0800 80 70 60.”