Christmas diesel spill costs haulage firm £10,000

A Nottinghamshire-based haulage firm has been fined £10,000 after a diesel spill polluted over 200 metres of a river.

Appearing before Mansfield magistrates on 20 October, B Taylor and Sons Transport Ltd pleaded guilty to causing polluting matter to enter the river Maun contrary to section 85(1) of the Water Resources Act 1991. It was fined £10,000 with £2,446 costs.

On 24 December last year, the Environment Agency received a report from a member of the public of red-diesel in the river near Sutton Parkway train station, Kirkby in Ashfield.

An Agency officer traced the pollution for 200 metres back to a sewer outfall. Severn Trent Water helped to track the pollution back further to a manhole cover near Taylor and Sons' premises on Lowmoor road trading estate.

After questioning, the company's managing director admitted that there had been a spill of a 50 gallon drum of red-diesel earlier that day.

The clean-up of the river took two days over Christmas eve and Christmas day. Two tankers were used to take away polluted water from the river, oil absorbent booms were used to mop up the oil and a large amount of soiled vegetation had to be removed.

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