Paper mill pays twice over for poor pollution record

A paper mill which displayed a "lax and cavalier" attitude to its environmental performance was fined £8,000 in October following a prosecution by the National Rivers Authority (NRA). More seriously for its business, the pollution incidents involved resulted in the NRA refusing its application to increase the volume of its effluent discharge.

The fine was imposed on Disley Paper Mill Company after it pleaded guilty to three charges of illegally discharging waste into the river Goyt from its Waterside mill. It was also ordered to pay costs £2,328.

One of the charges was brought after the firm was caught red-handed discharging effluent from an unauthorised outflow in May. The river was murky and turbid as it emerged from a culvert beneath the mill, the court heard - while

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