HMIP's first prosecution under EPA

A Devon timber company has become the first to be prosecuted by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) under its new powers in the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The prosecution concerned the failure of Brookridge Timber to apply for an authorisation under the Act. In April 1992, the company commissioned a new process at its Hemyock site, near Cullompton, in which tributyltin napthenate was used as to treat timber. The chemical is a "prescribed substance" under the Act, and any new prescribed process with the potential to release it into water must be authorised by HMIP.

At a hearing before Cullom

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