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Aber Muck update

Posted: 08 May 2019, 15:24
by alunj
I met with St Modwens reps down at Aber yesterday, the stink was still about but they seem to have a possible lead.
Just down from the concrete cap on the worm farm pipe there is an exposed concrete pipeline. This is not on any of the site plans. The smell was pretty strong around it yesterday. They are now going to get a geophysical survey done to find out where it goes. After that then if it is the culprit a plan to remediate it. The worm farm also seems to be operating again but without a licence. NRW will be looking into that. Scum was present from half tide down the beach too but the Environmental guys were pretty convinced that's to do with the Welsh Water outfall at Swansea Dock

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Posted: 08 May 2019, 20:26
by blast
Nice one Alun, we will continue to try our best to avoid using the beach as we have been for the last year or two....at least at low tide if at all possible!

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Posted: 08 May 2019, 22:01
by Wenglish
If a company is operating without a licence surely they should just shut them down instantly?

If welsh water own an outflow that is causing pollution then don’t they need to address that?

Exposed pipes with a flow into the sea and no idea where is comes from without a survey? I don’t believe they done have plans showing it and who feeds into it.

It just seems like the beach is a dumping ground for anyone who wants to use it. Is there any point contacting the local MP? I don’t know what has been done but as I’m not working all the hours now I’d be happy to help any way I can.

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Posted: 09 May 2019, 08:42
by 4ndr3w
Alun, thanks for the update. Hopefully something can be done to sort it out.

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Posted: 10 May 2019, 10:45
by alunj
Plans probably do exist but the handover from BP to St Modwen was chaotic (they paid £1 for the site)
From what I can glean St Modwen are not really interested but we are keeping up the pressure on them.
The Geophysical survey should determine what's going on with that pipe, in the meantime, we are going to use the drone to follow the line to see if we can see where it may come from assuming it runs in a straight line!
NRW is looking into the worm farm.

The biggest issue with the chemical smell is it's so localised, we walked the beach Tuesday, in the space of 10m the smell was there then gone, meaning the sampling is a bit hit and miss. All of the water samples have been within legal limits.

Stu, the outfall at Swansea is legal and the issue is probably nutrients causing the phytoplankton to go nuts as it has loads to eat!

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Posted: 10 May 2019, 18:55
by Wenglish
Fish feed grants fraud boss Anthony Smith jailed https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48227597


Is this our worm farm?

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Posted: 24 Jun 2019, 21:25
by blast
Spotted this at Aber the last time we were there teaching (believe me we try to avoid this beach as best possible)
It seems even the rats can't cope with the shit that's in that water!

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Posted: 27 Aug 2019, 18:39
by blast
Just had this reply from the NPT council

Good afternoon
Apologies for the delay in responding, it’s a busy time of year for us when people are taking summer holidays.
I have been looking into the chemical smell, not the algae as such. We have been working closely with NRW and the owner of the site to try and find out where the smell is coming from. They have carried out monitoring of the water from holes on the beach at various points, including where you tend to see the algae and also from the sea water and we have not found any contamination. However, there is clearly a chemical odour and we are continuing to work with the owners to try and identify the source.
I have been in contact with NRW about the algae and understand that they carry out monitoring of the water quality and the algae. If you are happy for me to pass on your details I could see if they can respond to your concerns? I can certainly ask them if they think any kind of chemical contamination could cause or exacerbate the algal growth.
I have taken advice from Public Health Wales, as yet we have nothing to suggest that chemical contamination is getting into the sea water and Public Health Wales were of the opinion that the lack of chemicals in the sample meant it would be unlikely that chemical contamination was causing the skin irritation and it was possible that the algae itself was causing irritation.
As I say if you would like any more advice regarding the algae I am happy to send your details on to NRW
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Posted: 27 Aug 2019, 19:01
by 4ndr3w
At least they have admitted there is a smell & good that they are still looking into it.

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Posted: 28 Sep 2019, 13:16
by alunj
No idea why but the water quality has taken a real dive too this year (this was before the mega rain)

Normally the last two colums are <10
Something is definately wrong there

1 Sep 11th 2019 12:30 182 136
2 Sep 4th 2019 11:45 380 155
3 Aug 14th 2019 12:15 191 590
4 Aug 6th 2019 11:45 27 18

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Posted: 28 Sep 2019, 17:29
by blast
So they should be less than 10 but on the 14th August it was 590 ? :o

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Posted: 28 Sep 2019, 17:33
by alunj
Yeah these are the normal e-coli and other bacterial figures they use for the bathing water directive .
580 isn’t good and is a fail I think . Normally it’s around 10
I have contacted council and NRW as something sewage wise looks broken . They stop monitoring for the winter now :(

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Posted: 28 Sep 2019, 17:57
by blast
Blimey :shock: