£2,400 fine for sewer pollution

A Midlands metal treatment company has been fined £2,400 for causing what the Severn-Trent Water Authority describes as the worst pollution it has experienced. Wolverhampton magistrates imposed the fine, together with £400 costs, on MED Ltd on 23 April after convicting the company of 16 pollution charges brought for the infringement of discharge consent conditions during five days in January 1980.

The court heard that MED Ltd had a series of similar convictions in 1977-78, but had continued to discharge highly acidic effluent into sewers without settlement of suspended solids. Samples taken by the water authority included in one instance a toxic metal concentration of 1245 mg/litre, or nearly 250 times the consent limit of 5 mg/litre.

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