Two more effluent convictions for dairy company

Dairy Crest, the marketing arm of the Milk Marketing Board, has been prosecuted twice in recent months for water pollution offences. The latest cases brought its total number of convictions to twelve since the formation of the National Rivers Authority (NRA) in September 1989.

One of the two latest offences came to light when members of the public complained that a ditch entering the Hall Green Brook was foul smelling and milky. The pollution was traced to a discharge from Dairy Crest's Fenstanton site in Cambridgeshire. Inspection of the works suggested that there had been a spillage into surface water drains. The company pleaded guilty to a charge under section 85(1) of the Water Resources Act 1991 before Huntingd

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