Veolia fined £100,000 for hazwaste incident

The UK’s largest waste company has been made to pay over £160,000 following an incident which sent a plume of toxic gas across Merseyside and resulted in four members of staff being taken to hospital.

Veolia, the UK’s largest waste company, was fined over £100,000 in January following an incident at its Bootle hazardous waste treatment plant that caused four people to be hospitalised.

According to the Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which jointly brought the prosecution, the incident revealed multiple failures in the company’s procedures. The site’s emergency plan was inadequate and the staff’s response

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