Environmental award for "polluting" leather company

A leather manufacturing company which has just had Britain's largest-ever pollution liability claim decided against it has received an award for responsible environmental management. Its achievements on the environmental front illustrate how rough justice can occur when companies are penalised for polluting activities many years in the past.

The environmental award was given to Eastern Counties Leather (ECL) a few days before it was told by the Court of Appeal to pay more than £1 million to Cambridge Water Company for contaminating one of its boreholes with chlorinated solvents (see pp 41-42 ).

ECL, which produces car care products made fro

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