No Air Samples Taken By Environment Agency During Haze Cloud

Tuesday 12th September 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Seven Sisters Birling Gap

More than two weeks on from a haze cloud leaving hundreds in Eastbourne seeking medical treatment, they Environment Agency has today (12 September), confirmed that no air samples were taken.

The cloud affected people enjoying the beach at Birling Gap on 27 August, before working its way along the coast.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said, “The cloud dissipated very quickly and no air samples were taken. The Environment Agency’s immediate priority was to work with partners to manage any impact on the environment and people.  

“The multi –agency investigations into the sources of the pollution are complex and ongoing, although land based pollution was ruled out at the time.” 

Earlier this month, the Environment Agency said they have ruled out several possible sources of the cloud.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has previously confirmed to Eastbourne Buzz that they did not take any air samples at the time either, but that they are working to identify the 180 ships in the Channel off the coast of Eastbourne at the time.

As yet, there has been no confirmation as to what the cloud, that left people with eye irritation, sore throats and nausea, was.

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