High winds no defence in British Steel river pollution case

British Steel has been convicted of a water pollution offence for the second time in eight months following a discharge which the company claimed was caused by high winds.

The incident occurred at the firm's Redcar site last September. The National Rivers Authority (NRA) measured suspended solids at up to 1148mg/l and permanganate at 320mg/l in a discharge from the works. The limit for both determinands is 200mg/l.

British Steel told Teeside magistrates in February that it is "extremely environment conscious", and insisted that the breach was not due to a management error. Strong winds had stirred effluent

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