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Industrial estate cyanide spillage 'no risk to public'

Around 1,000 litres of diluted cyanide spilled at an industrial estate. Credit: BPM Media

The Environment Agency is working to contain a cyanide spillage at an industrial estate.

Around 1,000 litres of diluted cyanide spilled after a forklift truck pierced the container carrying the toxic chemical.

It happened at a business in Heanor Gate Industrial Estate, in Adams Close, Derbyshire on February 6th.

Seven people were decontaminated at the scene

Some of the hazardous liquid leaked into a nearby brook, which runs to Shipley Country Park.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said there is no risk to the public as the cyanide was heavily diluted at a concentration of 2%.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said:

Environment Agency Site Controllers are still at the scene of a chemical spillage which happened yesterday at an Industrial Estate in Adam’s Close, Heanor and leaked into a nearby pond.

A temporary dam has been created to stop the contamination leaving the pond and our officers are continuing to closely monitor the situation whilst working out a plan of action regarding the clean-up process.

– Spokesperson, Environment Agency