Suspected oil spill in Fife

26 February 2019

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A beach and harbour in Fife have been closed-off as a precaution after a suspected oil spill in the Limekilns - Charlestown area of the Fife coast. The oil spill is reported to be light refined diesel and the source of the contamination appears to be from a drain on the land.

Environmental Health at Fife Council have been working with partners including the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), NHS Fife, Marine Scotland and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to investigate and clean up the spill.

Environmental Health at Fife Council have erected warning signs at the beach area stating the area has been contaminated by an unknown pollutant and to avoid contact with the beach, not to take anything home from the beach, nor to consume any fish/shellfish from the shore and also to wash hands and foot wear.

Source: Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), 21 February 2019