Airport pouring de-icer into river

An airport has been releasing almost 80,000 gallons of de-icer into a river every day this winter.

Southend Airport has been pouring the chemical into Prittle Brook, which flows into the larger River Roach in Essex. Stobart, the airport’s owner, has applied for a permit from the Environment Agency to allow 79,188 gallons of de-icer to be released into the stream daily.

Paul Gilson, of Leigh and Southend Fisherman’s Association, said: “I’m extremely concerned about it. This is serious.” A spokesman for Southend Airport said: “The Environment Agency reports little or no impact on watercourses and wildlife.”

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