Drug firm fined for operating illegal incinerators

Drug maker Norbrook Laboratories was found guilty on 16 January of operating incinerators at three sites in Newry without a permit, contrary to the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003.

The pharmaceutical firm, part of a global chain, was fined a paltry £1,000 for one charge and given a conditional discharge for another seven. Costs were set at £3,168.

Norbrook was bailed on appeal for the sum of £500.

The Industrial Pollution and Radiochemical Inspectorate, now part of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, was alerted to the breach by a tip-off in 2004.

Despite several requests by the Agency, the company refused to apply for permits, arguing the incinerators were not covered by the legislation.

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