Fine follows "operator error" with toxic waste

Dorset chemical manufacturer Merck has been convicted of an offence under the "special waste" regulations after drums containing aniline residues were found concealed in a container delivered to a landfill which was not licensed to receive hazardous waste.

The offence occurred in March 1991, immediately after Merck introduced a system for compacting washed chemical containers at its site in Poole prior to disposal to a landfill operated by Drinkwater Sabey.

In view of previous incidents in which insufficiently washed bottles of hazardous chemicals had been deposited at the landfill and a local recycling centre, inspectors from Dorset Waste Regulation Authority checked the first compacted co

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