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Cooling tower closed in Edinburgh

A company in Edinburgh has closed three of its water cooling towers, amid concerns that one of the towers could be the source of the deadly outbreak of Legionnaire's disease.

North British Distillery Company was served an '"Improvement Notice" by the Government's Health and Safety Executive:

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today served an Improvement Notice on an Edinburgh company for alleged failures to adequately control the risk of legionella in a cooling tower.

The Improvement Notice served on North British Distillery Company Ltd refers to one cooling tower at Wheatfield Road, Edinburgh. However, the company has chosen to take all three cooling towers out of operation.

The Notice was served for a failure to devise and implement a sustained and effective biocide control programme in one cooling tower.

– Health and Safety Executive

The company has closed all three cooling towers on the site as a safety precaution.

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