£3,150 fines for PCB incident

Renewed calls were made on the Government to tighten regulations on the disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by Mr Barry Sheerman (Labour MP for Huddersfield East) following an incident in which 46 gallons of the toxic chemical were left unaccounted for by an oil recovery company. Fines totalling £3,150 were imposed on two Birmingham firms in connection with the incident in a court case in August.

The incident came to light in May 1981 following complaints that oil was being burned in the open at premises owned by fuel distributors George Nolan Ltd. Investigations showed that the company was recovering oil contaminated with PCBs for sale as heating oil. But when Nolan's were ordered to take the contaminated material to a licensed waste disposal company, it took it instead to oil recoverers J Whelan & Sons, who lacked proper treatmen

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