Solvay Interox fined £12,000 for polluting Mersey

Chemical manufacturer Solvay Interox has been prosecuted successfully for an illegal discharge which polluted three kilometres of the river Mersey. The case was unusual in that it provoked a threat from the National Rivers Authority (NRA) to demand a shut-down of the operation unless the pollution was halted.

An NRA officer called at the company's Warrington works last October in response to public complaints that the river was covered in a brown scum, which was traced to a discharge from the site's surface water outfall.

Solvay Interox (formerly Interox Chemicals) had difficulty tracing the source of the contaminant, which was a mixture of oily solvents used in the manufacture of hydrogen peroxide. When the NRA called later the same day the d

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