Chemical company fined for acid gas emission

A sulphur dioxide emission caused by a combination of operator error and a design flaw has cost the chemical company Rhone-Poulenc a £10,000 fine.

The fine was imposed by Bristol magistrates on 16 November after the court was told of the emission incident at the firm's sulphuric acid works in Bristol on 29 May.

The incident occurred during start-up of a process in which sulphur is burned in air to produce sulphur dioxide. Emissions were elevated for 20 minutes, peaking at a 5% concentration of SO2. A temperature inversion in the vicinity prevented rapid dispersion of the

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