Incinerator fined for IPC breaches

Waste company Clinical Energy has been fined £12,000 with £4,565 costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of its integrated pollution control authorisation.

An incident in June 2004 caused a release of black smoke from its clinical waste incinerator at Hillingdon Hospital, west London.

Uxbridge magistrates court heard that the Environment Agency received a complaint about a nauseating acidic smell caused by black smoke from the incinerator’s emergency relief stack. CCTV installed at the plant substantiated the complaint.

The Agency’s investigation found that the company had failed to notify the Agency that the emergency stack had been used, contrary to its authorisation. Clinical Energy was fined £5,000 for the offence.

The investigation also revealed irregularities with the incinerator’s operating records, again breaching its authorisation and leading to a £7,000 fine. Both charges were brought under section 23(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

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