First water company prosecution over "red list" discharge

Last year's controversy over a discharge of the pesticide pentachlorophenol (PCP) from a textile finishing works in Lancashire (ENDS Reports 197, pp 5-6, and 198, pp 8-9) has culminated in a successful prosecution of North West Water, which received effluent from the plant, by the National Rivers Authority (NRA). The verdict is likely to make water companies take a tougher attitude to accepting "red list" substances such as PCP into their sewers even if they are authorised by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP).

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