Coalite faces second liability claim over dioxins

A second civil claim has been prepared against Coalite Chemicals in connection with the Bolsover dioxin saga. The National Farmers Union (NFU) has issued writs against the company in a bid to obtain compensation for three farmers near its works who were restricted from selling dioxin-contaminated produce for more than a year.

The NFU's move comes two months after the National Rivers Authority announced that it will be asking the courts to rule that Coalite should pay for the removal of sediments from two rivers which were allegedly contaminated with dioxins by the firm's discharges. The cost of the operation is likely to exceed £1 million (ENDS Report 213, pp 5-6 

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