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Greenpeace has set a precedent by bringing the first successful private prosecution of a manufacturing company under the Water Act 1989. The chemical company Albright & Wilson was fined £2,000 by magistrates for breaching several metal limits in the discharge consent for its Whiehaven works in Cumbria. The case lasted eight days, and the company was also ordered to pay Greenpeace's costs, estimated at £10,000. The judgem

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