ICI's Runcorn site faces trouble over EC water standards

The National Rivers Authority (NRA) has warned the Department of the Environment (DoE) that EC environmental quality standards (EQSs) for several chlorinated chemicals are likely to be breached in a canal next to ICI's Runcorn site because of the company's discharges. The breaches would expose the UK to prosecution by the European Commission, but ICI is delaying environmental improvements at the works because of the shrinking market for chlorine products.

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