British Steel fined for careless effluent management

British Steel has been prosecuted for polluting a Yorkshire river after poor management of its effluent treatment plant at Brinsworth Narrow Strip Mill, Rotherham. It is the company's fourth water pollution offence since July 1991.

The latest incident affected Chapel Flat Dyke, a badly polluted class 4 tributary of the river Don. Last November, a National Rivers Authority (NRA) inspector noticed that the mill's effluent treatment plant was producing a turbid ferruginous discharge and took formal samples. Analysis showed the company was breaching its consent for iron and suspended solids.

On 25 August, British Steel pleaded guilty to a charge brought under section 10

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