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British Steel was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000 on 31 July at Cardiff Crown Court for polluting the Severn estuary with fuel oil in February. The spillage occurred at the company's Llanwern works (ENDS Report 193, pp 3-4). The fine is the second largest in history, being beaten only by the £1 million penalty imposed in 1989 on Shell for an oil spillage on the Mersey.

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