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Call for Cefneithin residents to check their oil tanks

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is urging anyone living in the Cefneithin area of Carmarthenshire, who has a domestic oil tank to check it for leaks as a matter of urgency. 

The Carmarthenshire Environment Team has received several reports of a strong fuel smell coming from a stream in the Heol y Parc area. 

Every effort has been made by environment officers to find the source of the pollution but they have so far not been able to locate it. Officers believe it may be coming from a domestic oil tank. 

James Slowgrove, Carmarthenshire Environment Officer, of NRW, said: 

“We’re urging residents to help us find the source of this pollution and check their oil tanks urgently.

“If there is an unexplained drop in the level of oil in the tank, or they spot signs of spilled oil around the tank, please get in touch with the Carmarthenshire Environment Team via our incident hotline immediately by calling 0300 065 3000.  

“The sooner we can locate the source, the sooner we can stop the spill.” 

Take action to stop more oil from reaching the nearby watercourse: 

Stop the flow at the source by turning off the tap; try to find the source of the leak and reduce the flow; use sand to absorb any oil spilt on the ground 
Notify your insurance provider.  
Make sure any repairs are made by an Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) registered engineer. 

Environment officers have visited the area to investigate several times this week and they have deployed a boom to the Gwendraeth Fawr to help contain the pollutant. They will continue to visit the site regularly to carry out checks on the boom and various points of the river.