Compliance: Ineos's Seal Sands plant's permit performance

Ineos has announced that its Seal Sands acrylonitrile plant on Teesside faces closure, citing the cost of environmental regulation among the reasons behind its decision. The plant has a poor record of compliance with its environmental permits over recent years, Environment Agency data shows.

Ineos, which has owned the site since 2008, last week announced its intention to consult with employees on the proposed closure of the acrylonitrile manufacturing plant. The firm said that over the past 10 years it has invested almost €200m in the site in an attempt to counter decades of significant under investment. 

"It would require another €200m just to meet Ineos standards and environmental regulations," the statement said.

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