Chemical firm fined over "non-toxic"red list discharges

A Huddersfield chemical company with a string of pollution convictions to its name has been ordered to pay £35,000 in fines and costs after being prosecuted by Yorkshire Water for discharging pesticides and solvents in breach of its trade effluent consent. Pennine Chemical Services tried to convince the court that the discharges, which included three "red list" pesticides and a fourth pesticide with a high aquatic toxicity, were not harmful to the environment.

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