Dusty answer from court for plasterboard producer

HM Inspectorate of Pollution's first prosecution in 1993 has brought a fine and costs totalling almost £5,000 for plasterboard producer Knauf UK. The conviction followed an emission incident which provoked protests at the company's gate by employees of a neighbouring business.

The incident occurred last March, when the outflow from a gypsum "cooking" process at Knauf's works on south Humberside suffered a blockage. Gypsum continued to be fed to the process, and had only one outlet - the plant's abatement system. The gypsum dislodged a bag filter, resulting in a dust emission which continued unobserved by the company for over an hour.

The dust coated vehicles in the car park of a neighbouring rail depot, and whe

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