Lessons Need To Be Learned From Chemical Haze

Thursday 14th September 2017

Exclusive Buzz Video

The mystery over the haze cloud that engulfed Birling Gap and Eastbourne last month rumbles on.

Agencies have confirmed no air samples were taken and as yet, no cause has been identified. There is also no development as to what the cloud was.

Last night (13 September), the issue was raised by Independent Councillor, Kathy Ballard, who asked if the town’s reputation had been put on the line when it comes to tourism and if Southern Water had been asked if their water treatment works could have caused the cloud.

Leader of the Council, David Tutt responded that he believed Eastbourne’s reputation won’t be tarnished because the town has been seen to respond, with demanding answers from both the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Environment Agency.

Southern Water has issued a statement in response to whether their premises could have caused the cloud, with a spokesperson saying, “We would like to confirm all our sites in the area are constantly monitored and everything is working normally. 

“There have been no emergency releases recently from our Eastbourne Wastewater Treatment Works in the area and the site does not use chlorine gas in the treatment process. 

“We would only release from long or short sea outfalls in emergencies, and we do have a permit from the Environment Agency, which allows the emergency release of screened, diluted wastewater in order to prevent sewer flooding during periods of very heavy rainfall.

“We have been working with the Environment Agency and Public Health England and they have no concerns over our assets.”

However, when it comes to learning lessons from the event, which left hundreds seeking medical treatment, Councillor Tutt as told Eastbourne Buzz, more must be done to prevent such an incident happening again:

1   2   3   4   5       Next

Weather Forecast

Tide Times