HMIP wins two air pollution cases

HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) maintained its promised crackdown on polluters in March by bringing successful prosecutions against two leading smelting and minerals businesses for air pollution offences.

Both cases were brought by its western region under section 5 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which requires the use of the "best practicable means" (BPM) to prevent and render harmless emissions to air.

The first was brought against Pasminco Europe (Smelting) at Bristol Magistrates Court on 16 March. It concerned a four-hour leak of sulphur trioxide from the firm's zinc smelter at Avonmouth last June.

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