ICI fined for pollution hat-trick

ICI Chemicals & Polymers has been fined £10,000 for three incidents which polluted the Weston canal in Cheshire earlier this year. It has also been convicted of a pollution offence which caused a massive fish kill in a nearby canal, and now faces a large compensation claim.

The incidents on the Weston canal were caused by discharges from two of ICI's major complexes on Merseyside, Rocksavage and Castner Kellner. Prosecutions brought by the National Rivers Authority (NRA) were heard by Widnes magistrates in September.

The first incident occurred on 2 February at the Rocksavage works. About 45m3 of chlorocarbon effluent was lost to the site's drainage systems when a pump shattered. Some went directl

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