Magnox Electric fined £15,000 for bleach offence

Magnox Electric, the operator of Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey, was fined £15,000 after admitting breaching the conditions of its consent to discharge effluent to the Irish Sea. On 8 November Holyhead magistrates heard that a discharge of 1% sodium hypochlorite from the station last May had turned rocks and seaweed white.

The Environment Agency said that concentrations of the compound were 20,000 times the permitted level. Magnox pleaded guilty to discharging effluent otherwise than in accordance with its consent, contrary to section 85(6) of the 1991 Act. Costs of £1,683 were also awarded against the company.

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