Banknote mill seeks extension on phosphorus emission deadline

A major global supplier of banknotes, whose Hampshire factory discharges treated effluent into a chalk stream, wants more time to meet limits set by EU guidance.

Portals De La Rue's Overton Mill
Portals' Overton Mill discharges into the river Test, a famed and protected chalk stream

A major global supplier of banknotes, whose Hampshire factory discharges treated effluent into a chalk stream, wants more time to meet limits set by EU guidance.

The Environment Agency (EA) opened consultation on a variation to the environmental permit for the Portals De La Rue site in Overton, Hampshire on Friday. The mill has been making banknotes for the Bank of England since 1722 and still supplies £20 and £50 notes, the £5 and £10 notes now being made from plastic. The firm was divested from security printing firm De La Rue last year.

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