ICI audit leaves questions over Agency's record

A major audit by the Environment Agency has concluded that there was no common cause behind the recent spate of pollution incidents at ICI's Runcorn complex.1 But the audit uncovered a wide range of operational shortcomings - and has focused attention on the Agency's own poor record in requiring ICI to improve bunding and spill containment facilities.

Last year, the Runcorn site was rocked by a series of major spills and prosecutions for breaches of discharge consents. ICI was fined £15,000 and £34,000 for two incidents which occurred in 1996 (ENDS Reports 266, p 51  and 270, p 46 

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