Tissue manufacturer fined for oil spill

Wolverhampton-based tissue manufacturer AP UK was fined £7,500 on 29 August after admitting polluting the Walsall canal with oil. The Environment Agency brought a charge under section 85 of the Water Resources Act 1991.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that the company had been advised how to prevent oil pollution after a small patch of oil was spotted on the canal in January 2000. A subsequent visit by Agency inspectors found that the problem was continuing. The Agency sent a warning letter, but in April about 80 metres of the canal was covered in oil. An investigation traced the source to diesel from a surface water drain on AP's site.

The company was fined and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,624.

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