A SUSPICIOUS foamy liquid, discharged from the Sibelco Kingsteignton Quarry last week has been found to be within 'permitted' levels of pollution by the Environment Agency.

Alarming videos were obtained by the Mid-Devon Advertiser last week, showing brown foamy liquid discharging from a leat into the river Teign, near Teigngrace.

The area is a popular for swimming and recreation.


Images of the pollution were sent to the Environment Agency and Sibelco.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: 'We received reports of large quantities of brown foamy water draining into the River Teign over the last few days.

The brown foamy liquid discharged through a leat into the river at Teigngrace (MDA)

'Samples have been taken of the discharge from South Acre Quarry and have been found to be within permitted levels.'

A spokesperson for Sibelco also responded: 'Sibelco has a number of discharge consents to discharge surface water into the River Teign from our workings.  The water comprises rainwater runoff that has collected in the quarries. 


'These are pumped to settlement ponds on site to allow silts (clay/soils sediment) to settle before discharge into the Teign. 

'The discharge is regulated by the Environment Agency and Sibelco are required to monitor and test water before it leaves site to ensure the silt content is within our discharge limits.'