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as first responder environment a Memorandum
/investigator of potential of Understanding exists
pollution incidents, cleaning between Environmental
up to protect the Protection and Jersey
environment, and, where Harbours and there have
necessary carrying out been recent discussions and
enforcement action. exercises to further the
create polluted fire water • The 2005 emptying of
capability of the two States
runoff. Environmental Grand Vaux reservoir.
As such they can be, and departments to tackle marine
Protection notified Jersey There is a limit for
often are, contacted by the pollution.
Water of the fire, as pesticide found in drinking
emergency services to attend
downstream in the water of 0.1
incidents to either offer Examples of the types of
catchment is a drinking microgrammes per litre,
advice regarding potential major incident that
water abstraction point. and a pollution incident in
pollution of ‘controlled waters’ Environmental Protection have
The team then assessed 2005 resulted in the
or to instigate clean up work been involved with in recent the likely and actual reservoir becoming
to prevent the incident itself, years include: pollution coming from polluted by the pesticide
or the activities of the the incident and Cyanazine. This was
emergency services, from • The Broadlands fire of determined that a identified during routine
having a detrimental effect on 2008. Officers from the suitable course of action monitoring by Jersey
the environment. team attended the was to construct a dam Water.
incident at the request of downstream to catch any
Controlled waters do not only Fire and Rescue oily runoff. They It is not possible to treat
include land based surface following concern about undertook this with the the water to remove
and ground water but also general pollution of the assistance of TTS staff
pesticides and the result
includes the island’s marine site and specifically that until the ea
rly hours of was the reservoir having
waters to the 12 mile limit. the quantities of water
the morning ensuring to be emptied twice,
To assist with the control of used to douse the fire
that downstream waters releasing over 100
pollution to this part of our had the potential to
were protected. million gallons of water.


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