EA fails to crack city centre ‘icebergs of foam’ river pollution mystery

The Environment Agency (EA) has been unable to locate the source of a pollution incident which left a city centre river covered in white foam.

Part of the River Roch and a large stretch of the River Irwell between Salford and Manchester became blanketed in what residents said looked like "leaking bubble bath" and expressed concerns for wildlife on the river.

An EA spokesperson told ENDS that water samples taken at the time indicate the pollutant was a detergent, causing the water to foaming as the detergent travelled down the river. 

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