£270,000 payout for food firm’s pollution

A major supplier of food and drink ingredients has agreed to make a £150,000 payment to a local charity following a pollution incident in 2015.

Fuerst Day Lawson’s Stoke-on-Trent factory released “a polluting matter” into nearby balancing pools over July and September 2015, according to the Environment Agency (EA). This escaped then into a minor tributary of the river Trent.

The firm offered an enforcement undertaking in response, agreeing to pay £150,000 to the Trent Rivers Trust last September, though undisclosed until now. It has also made improvements to the site to prevent a recurrence and paid “a significant proportion” of the EA’s costs, said the regulator, at £119,000.

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