Toxic gas release leads to £18,000 fine for PVC producer

European Vinyls Corporation (EVC) has been fined £18,000 after a release of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), a carcinogenic gas, from its Sully plant in South Wales. Operators failed to take all necessary measures to prevent overpressurisation of a reactor - influenced in part by the firm's desire to maintain productivity.

The incident occurred on 10 October last year. At first, EVC told the Environment Agency that about two tonnes of VCM had been released from one of the three PVC production streams at the Sully works in Barry. A month later, the company revised the figure to 5.7-8.5 tonnes.

The Agency served a prohibition notice barring EVC from using the process stream until it had identified the cause of the incident and measures to reduce the risk of a

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