Water pollution caused by British Steel's faulty procedures

British Steel has been prosecuted for its third water pollution offence since last July. The company was fined £2,000 after pleading guilty to polluting a stream with machine tool lubricant from its pipe mill at Seaton Carew, near Hartlepool.

The incident occurred last December when a leak of mains water at the mill entered a waste lubricant sump. The sump overflowed into the site drainage system and collected in a lagoon.

The company had no procedure for checking the contents of the lagoon, Hartlepool magistrates were told. As a result the lagoon overflowed into a nearby watercourse, the Stell.

The pollution was traced to the site after a National Rivers Authority office

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