Posted: Sat 11th May 2024

“No issues in Wrexham” say council following Mold chemical factory fire for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Saturday, May 11th, 2024

Wrexham Council’s Chief Executive has said there is “no issue” in Wrexham following the serious fire in Mold last week.

The blaze, which occurred on April 30, led to multiple explosions, and residents were warned to close windows and doors in Mold.

The incident raised immediate concerns among local residents about potential environmental impacts.

While initial reports from Synthite stated that no chemicals were released, the discovery of around 50 dead fish in the River Alyn in Flintshire intensified worries about the river’s ecosystem.

Natural Resources Wales later confirmed that traces of formaldehyde – a chemical produced at the plant – were found in the river.

At this week’s media brief we noted the silence in Wrexham around the incident, and enquired if the River Alyn in Wrexham was affected.

Chief Exec Ian Bancroft offered reassurance, “There’s an emergency planning type process that’s always set up around these sorts of incidents and here’s a formal communication process. If there was anything that was major that the public needed to be aware about, it would be communicated. So the presumption is that the impacts of that fire last week are reducing.”

We noted that the watercourse does enter Wrexham, and water does not respect borders on maps, but was told “No, no issues” for Wrexham.

Across the Wrexham / Flintshire border pet and livestock owners have now been urged – as a precautionary measure – not to let their animals drink from a Flintshire river following a fire last week at a chemical factory. Natural Resources Wales has issued an updated statement outlining the ongoing multi-agency recovery efforts.

In its latest statement, Natural Resources Wales said: “A multi-agency recovery plan is now in place following the factory fire on Denbigh Road, Mold, and its subsequent effects on the environment.

“The clean-up operation of the incident site is now in the recovery phase, and our multi-agency partners continue to work together to reduce any impacts on the local community and the environment.

“Partners will have oversight as the company and their specialist contractors remove materials from the site to ensure that there are no additional impacts.

“Extensive water sampling has been taking place since the fire, and the monitoring work shows that water quality remains within statutory limits. We have now returned to our routine water sampling of the Alyn.

“Regulatory partners will be conducting their own investigations into the fire and its impacts.

“The Animal and Plant Health Agency continues to advise, as a precaution, that pets and livestock do not drink from the River Alyn.”

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