Kronospan fined £60,000 for water pollution

North Wales chipboard producer Kronospan has been fined £60,000 for water pollution offences at its Chirk site. Stores of fibreboard wastes on the site resulted in high levels of ammonia, biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and suspended solids in drainage water.

Kronospan has a consent to discharge surface water into the Afon Bradley, a tributary of the Dee. The river supplies water for two million people in North Wales, Cheshire and Merseyside. Its sensitivity to pollution led the catchment to be designated the first and only statutory water protection zone under the Water Resources Act 1991 (ENDS Report 290, p 11 

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