Lucky escape after bund error still costs Enichem £17,000

A blockage in a surface water drain was all that prevented a chemical spill this summer at Enichem Elastomers' site in Hythe, Hampshire, from escaping to Southampton Water. But the company's good fortune did not impress magistrates, who imposed fines and costs totalling over £17,000 - and also set the company a deadline for installing alarms to prevent a recurrence of the incident.

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