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PETERBOROUGH, England — A chemical manufacturer is blaming vandals for a leak of hazardous chemicals into England’s River Nene, which led to a massive fish kill last week, the Petersborough Telegraph reported.
According to chemical company Safapac, vandals broke into a Peterborough plant and released 5,000 liters of substances, including insecticides, into stormwater drains that empty into the Nene.
The leak led to the deaths of some 4,000 fish and forced a fishing ban in the area.
“Individuals broke into a secure chemical compound. They opened the bottom valves on five 1,000 liter storage containers of environmentally hazardous chemicals. These escaped into stormwater drains,” said Martin Steele, managing director of Safapac. “Safapac has been manufacturing and packing hazardous chemicals for over 15 years and has never had an environmental incident. We sincerely regret the damage to the environment this irresponsible action has caused.”