Series of failures ends in prosecution for dairy firm

Dairy Crest, the Milk Marketing Board's trading company, has been fined £1,500 for polluting a Shropshire river. The case was the company's sixth prosecution since the establishment of the National Rivers Authority (NRA) in 1989.

Dairy Crest came fifth in ENDS' league of water polluters last year, with five prosecutions and £7,800 paid out in fines since 1989 (ENDS Report 202, p 6). The current incident, which occurred last December at the Crudgington Dairy near Telford, resulted in a massive organic discharge into the river Tern which exceeded the company's consent by a factor of four.

Telford magistrates heard that the incident happened when a valve failed

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