Firms fined for oil pollution

Cymru Country Feeds has been fined £8,000 after polluting a Welsh brook with vegetable oil in June last year. On 9 August, Wrexham magistrates heard how the Environment Agency traced the pollution of the Singret brook back through the surface water drains of Llay industrial estate. An oil tank with a bund filled with eight inches of oil was found to be the cause. The pollution resulted from seepage through the bund wall into the drains.

Cymru Country Feeds pleaded guilty to causing polluting matter to enter the brook, contrary to section 85(1) of the 1991 Act. It was fined and ordered to pay costs of £1,500.

  • Construction company Laing was fined £8,000 on 16 July after polluting an Essex stream with oil. Witham magistrates heard that the incident in February this year was reported by a member of the public. A pond at West Hanningfield was thick with diesel oil and dead fish, and the source was traced to a fuel compound at a Laing site involved in constructing a bypass for the A130. The company admitted polluting the watercourse, contrary to section 85(1) of the 1991 Act. It was fined £8,000 with costs of £1,605. Laing paid for contractors to clean up the pollution.

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