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Aviemore burn pollution was "short-lived minor event"

By Gavin Musgrove

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has confirmed that Milton Burn in Aviemore suffered some oil pollution at the weekend but it was a short-lived and minor event.

There were several reports on local social media at the weekend that the burn which runs through the centre of the village had been hit by pollution.

SEPA confirmed that it had been notified about the problem on Saturday.

SEPA has said the pollution incident was short-lived and will have no lasting effect.
SEPA has said the pollution incident was short-lived and will have no lasting effect.

A spokesperson told the Strathy: “SEPA officers attended Milton Burn, with early indications of a short-lived, minor event that had no lasting impact.

"There was no reported smell of hydrocarbons and the rainbow sheen was localised and only visible at certain angles.

"SEPA has not received any further complaints of oil in this location since Saturday.

“No pollution of the River Spey has been reported, and SEPA has not received any reports of impacted ecology, such as dead fish or invertebrates."

SEPA did not say if it had identified the source of the pollution.

Milton Burn – also known as the Butcher's Burn – runs by the Sunnylea site in Aviemore and into the Dell affectionately known locally at the Penguin Pool before entering the Spey.

Members of the public can contact SEPA's 24-hour Pollution Hotline on 0800 807060 to report any potential pollution events.

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