Colloids' chemical blaze caused by "dereliction of duty"

Serious malpractices in chemical storage procedures were revealed during a prosecution of speciality chemicals producer Allied Colloids over a massive blaze at its Low Moor, Bradford, site last July. The company was ordered to pay £162,300 in fines and costs after being convicted of three offences arising from the disaster.

The fire caused damage estimated at £6 million. Thirty-six fire engines attended the blaze, and fire-fighting water sent a slug of toxic chemicals into the river Calder. Local residents had to be evacuated and 34 people received medical treatment (ENDS Report 211, pp 3-4 ).

Two prosecutions have been ta

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