Sevalco: Driving a coach and horses through self-regulation

US-owned chemical company Sevalco has been fined £240,000 for releasing up to seventeen times the authorised levels of cyanide into the Severn estuary. For over four years, senior Sevalco staff falsified monitoring records to conceal the breaches. That such behaviour within a large and apparently responsible chemical company could have gone unnoticed - by company auditors and Environment Agency inspectors - raises serious questions over the principle of self-regulation by industry.

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