Environmental Incidents – SEISS reports (industrial explosion and blue-green algae)

13 August 2019

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The Scottish Environmental Incident Surveillance System (SEISS) recorded the following incidents in the past week: 

  • Emergency services were called to an incident at a single-storey taxi workshop in Woodend Industrial Estate in Cowdenbeath just before 8am on 6 August 2019. Police said they had no reports of any casualties. Attendance by the emergency services  followed eyewitness reports on social media of multiple explosions at the site. The fire service said the blaze had been extinguished and one fire engine remained at the scene. This was reported by BBC News.
  • Moray Council was alerted to the possible presence of blue-green algae in the water by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). As a result, the council have taken samples from Elgin's Cooper Park pond amid fears over harmful bacteria. Signs have also being put in place at the location. The public are advising people to stay away from the area, and to ensure their dogs do not drink any water from the pond. This was reported by the Northern Scot.

For more detailed information, visit the SEISS website, or contact either Ian Henton or Colin Ramsay at HPS on 0141 300 1100.