No issue in River Tame says Environment Agency, despite reports of flowing foam

THE Environment Agency insists there was nothing untoward after investigating apparent pollution that left a section of the River Tame looking more like a newly-run bath.

Foam was spotted in the water close to Tame Street, Stalybridge on the evening of Monday, February 11.

And it was so prevalent, it was claimed it ran down the water into Ashton.

All that could be done was let nature take its course and allow water to flow and the foam to dissolve. However, it is thought it could still be seen two days later.

Now the Government agency has said it found no pollution, even though pictures of an apparent incident were passed to the Correspondent.

If it found fault or that it was caused deliberately court action could follow.

But an Environment Agency spokesman revealed it did not attend until the day after.

They said: “On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 EA officers attended the River Tame in Stalybridge to investigate reports of foam pollution in the river.

“As part of this investigation, officers checked the River Tame and found foam was being generated at weirs in the river upstream of Tame Street and Clarence Street in the town.

“Officers checked the river upstream of these weirs to see if there was any evidence of discharges that could account for this foaming and none was seen.

“Also there was no sign of any foam upstream of the weir by Tame Street.

“As part of our investigation we also inspected industrial premises upstream to check for any possible connection with this incident.

“No issues were reported to or seen by officers at these premises.”

The Correspondent understands this was not the first incident of this type.

In fact, it is thought to have occurred up to four times in the last two years.

At least two people contacted the Environment Agency to report this latest problem.

Because it was not oil-related and no dead fish were spotted at the scene, it could not take immediate action like place booms on the water to contain any spillage.

Only last year, the River Tame was dubbed the most polluted in the world because of the amount of microplastics in it.

One section close to Reddish Vale Country Park in Stockport was found to have 517,000 plastic particles per square metre of sediment.

That was double the previous record for any waterway or ocean in the world with the beaches off South Korea were the next worst.

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