Chemical pollution from M6 lorry fire thought to be behind mass fish deaths

Chemical pollution from M6 lorry fire thought to be behind mass fish deaths

Environment Agency found about 150 dead fish in the river Penk and more in the river Sow, near Stafford – identifying the tarmac-melting fire as the likely cause

A lorry fire that shut a motorway for 16 hours after it melted the road is believed to be responsible for killing more than 100 fish in nearby rivers, the Environment Agency has said.

Tests are being carried out by environmental officers, with the agency saying the fire caused chemicals to seep into the watercourses. Around 150 fish were found dead at the river Penk near Stafford, while there were further reports of dead fish at the river Sow.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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