NRA to prosecute Coalite over dioxin discharges

The Bolsover dioxin affair continued to unfold in June when the National Rivers Authority (NRA) announced that it will prosecute Coalite Chemicals for discharging dioxin-contaminated effluent outside the terms of its consent. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) revealed that elevated dioxin levels have been found in the blood of a farming family close to the firm's works.

The dioxin affair began last year when analyses by MAFF revealed that milk from two farms close to Coalite's plant was contaminated with dioxins. Subsequent tests by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) pinpointed an incinerator on the site as the source. NRA investigations showed that the scrubber liquor from the incinerator was contaminating the river Doe Lea with dioxins (ENDS Reports 202, pp 16-20, and 203, pp 4-5).

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