Substance or substances causing Eastbourne Chemhaze

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Dear Department of Health,

Please provide all you hold on record regarding the Eastbourne Chemhaze at Beachy Head which caused 150 people to require hospital treatment on 27 August 2017.

Yours faithfully,

James Cameron

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As the police believe the chemaze might have come from along the coast. I'd be interested to know whether theres any correlation between medical test results and spectral analysis of the Brighton chembow in the 4th photo: https://twitter.com/rutherfordnick/statu...

There was also some colourful stuff over London; https://twitter.com/LaterNewspaper/statu...

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Dear Mr Cameron

Please find attached the Department of Health's response to your recent
FOI request (our ref: 1098619 ) 

Yours sincerely,

 Dorothy Crowe 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health

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Dear Department of Health,

Thank you for your reply, I am particularly interested in information re what substance or substances had caused the health problems. For example, was it chlorine, sulphuric acid or something else, if so what; basically information that points to the specific type of medical ailments (for example, respiratary problems & skin & eye irritation caused by chlorine).

Yours faithfully,

James Cameron

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Dear Mr Cameron

 

Thank you for your request of 21 October 2017 under the Freedom of
Information Act (Ref: FOI 1103462).

I am writing to inform you that the Department's consideration of the
balance of the public interest with regards to your request is not yet
complete, and requires further time to complete in line with Section 10(3)
of the FOI Act.

The Department is currently assessing the public interest in release under
Section 36 (public affairs)

We anticipate this process will take no longer than a further 20 working
days to complete.  We therefore aim to respond fully to your request by 18
December 2017.

 

Please accept my apologies for this delay.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Dorothy Crowe

Freedom of Information Officer

Department of Health

39 Victoria Street

London SW1H 0EU

 

 

 

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Dear Department of Health,

Thank you. I wondered if ammonia might have been caused by a reaction between limewater and sewage (urea)? It appears possible:

Geo Engineer of Harvard and mainly Cambridge https://twitter.com/dkeithclimate David Keith had openly advocated spraying calcite (calcium carbonate) into the atmosphere: http://www.pnas.org/content/113/52/14910...

Perhaps on a warm day, there appears to be a route from calcium carbonate to ammonia:

'Heating the limestone (calcium carbonate) drives off carbon dioxide gas leaving behind lime, the base calcium oxide... ...Adding water to the lime produces slaked lime (calcium hydroxide) in an exothermic
reaction.' http://www.rsc.org/education/teachers/re...

(NH2)2CO (urine) + Ca(OH)2 (calcium hydroxide) → CaCO3 (calcium carbonate) + 2 NH3 (ammonia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonia#Sy... (at the end of 'Synthesis and production')

You have presumably seen the photos https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s... .

It was a warm day and the reaction before had been exothermic?

Yours faithfully,

James Cameron

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