ICI blames weather for illegal discharges

ICI Chemical and Polymers has been fined £10,000 for breaching a discharge consent at its Runcorn site in Cheshire, bringing its convictions to five in little more than a year. The company blamed cold and windy weather for three of the four latest pollution incidents.

Four significant breaches of consent limits were detected within three months during routine monitoring by the National Rivers Authority (NRA) of an outfall from the Runcorn site which discharges mixed chlorocarbon effluents from an evaporation and settlement lagoon into the Weston Canal.

The NRA found that the effluent contained 720mg/l of suspended solids on 18 December 1991, compared to a consent limit of 300mg/l. On two occasions in J

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