Ineos hits out over 'crazy' compliance costs

Major chemicals firm Ineos has asked the government if it can avoid the costs of meeting environmental requirements at its Seal Sands acrylonitrile plant.

Group director Tom Crotty wrote to business secretary Greg Clark in October, asking if there are “any mechanisms that we could employ to defer compliance” with its legal obligations. Doing so would protect the jobs of its 300 employees and 2,000 the plant supports in Middlesbrough as a whole, he claimed.

The vast but ageing works, one of only three of its kind in Europe, produces a compound that has various uses in plastics synthesis but is particularly critical for the production of carbon fibre.

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