PEOPLE are urged to stay away from part of the river and follow “public health precautionary advice” two weeks after a red diesel spill at a municipal depot.
Work continues to monitor, contain and clean up the spill from a reservoir at Sunderland City Council’s South Hylton depot, which occurred overnight Monday, November 8 and Tuesday, November 9.
Fuel has leaked into a beck at the rear of the depot which leads to an outgoing culvert at Pottery Lane, South Hylton.
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The council said it was working with partner agencies on the response which includes containment, cleanup and surveillance.
No significant impact on the Wear River has been identified and soil condition investigations are ongoing but, at this stage, the risk to public health is believed to be low.
As a precaution, people should avoid the area affected by the bridge and culvert, wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water after coming into contact with diesel or affected river water – do not rely on hand sanitizer, make sure water sports equipment is thoroughly cleaned after use in the area, take extra care when coming home, and remove outer clothing such as shoes after being in the area. area and those with existing health problems such as asthma should have medication on hand and call 111 if symptoms appear.
To report any visible or olfactory signs of diesel, call the board on 0191-5205550.
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