Stewarton river turned into ‘stinking sewer’

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Stewarton residents have spoken of their concern after a contaminant turned the burn which runs past the village into ‘a stinking sewer’, ‘killing every fish for about a mile’.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) told the Courier: ‘We have been made aware by a member of the public of pollution in a burn near Stewarton, Argyll.

‘A SEPA officer attended the site yesterday [on Tuesday] to investigate the source of what appears to have been a localised pollution incident. There is no ongoing environmental impact, and we are making further enquiries.

‘We would like to thank the public for notifying us of the incident and remind people that they can notify SEPA of potential pollution incidents 24 hours a day at or by calling the SEPA Pollution Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.’