Thames Water fined in historic pollution case

History was made on 14 May when the first private prosecution based on information in the public water pollution registers which were set up in 1985 brought victory for the Anglers Co-operative Association (ACA). The case ended with Thames Water being fined £6,000 for breaches of the effluent discharge consent at its Aylesbury sewage treatment works.

The charge against Thames Water under the Control of Pollution Act 1974 was that the works' consent limit for ammonia was breached on 11 September 1986 and on five later occasions. The discharge, which was consistently outside its consent during 1986, had caused the deterioration of a stretch of the river Thames by one quality class.

Thames Water pleaded guilty and was told to pay £800 towards the ACA's estimated £2,000 costs,

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