Firm fined over chemicals dumped in sewers
A Wolverhampton company has been fined £120,000 for dumping chemicals into Severn Trent's sewers.
Beronhill Ltd, based at the corner of Lower Walsall Street and Corser Street in Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty to charges of breaching limits for cyanide, zinc and chemical oxygen demand (COD) at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
The judge decided the breaches were a deliberate act and fined the company £120,000, with another £60,000 in costs, for its actions. The chemicals dumped into the sewers eventually ended up at Severn Trent’s Barnhurst Sewage Treatment Works in Oxley, where the company had to deal with the issue.
James Jesic, Managing Director of Production for Severn Trent, said: “While we’re happy with the outcome, it was extremely concerning that Beronhill deliberately failed to take put in place systems to avoid these illegal discharges, something that was recognised by the judge.
“It’s particularly disappointing the company has behaved in this way given their previous convictions of the company for similar offences in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014.
“It’s absolutely vital that we take this sort of legal action to protect both our treatment works and also the environment, as well as recovering costs that, otherwise, our customers would have to bear.”
Cyanide samples taken by Severn Trent in February 2015 were found to be more than two-and-a-half times the agreed limit for the firm. Zinc samples taken in November 2015 recorded levels more than double the limit, and COD was sampled at two-and-a-half times the limit.
Higher than allowed levels of chemical discharges could lead to the sewage treatment works having to shut down, with the knock-on effect that sludge produced at the works cannot be used for agricultural purposes and has to go to landfill.
- West Bromwich firm fined £47K for illegal discharges into sewer network Making illegal discharges into Severn Trent Water's sewer network has cost Arrow Environmental Services more than £60,000... Read More >
- EC urges Austria to enact chemical pollution rules in water policy Austria is being urged by the European Commission (EC) to enact the Directive on priority substances in the field of water... Read More >
- Investor bidding competition starts to fund Thames Tideway Tunnel Thames Water is inviting international investors to bid to fund the £4.2B Thames Tideway Tunnel. The company says that the... Read More >
- Pipe liner does the trick for mending rising main A trenchless solution was found for a rising main sewer in Norfolk which had suffered from repeated bursts Read More >
- Rise of the 'wipe wash' clogs UK's drains and sewers A trend for using wet wipes to clean the body could be partly responsible for the repeated blockages which are the scourge... Read More >
- Private drains and sewers transfer - six years on October 2011 marked a major change in the way sewers and drains running from private properties into the public sewer... Read More >
- Out of Order With women and girls across the globe still waiting for access to basic sanitation, western-style sewers are probably not... Read More >
- The Rights and Wrongs of Misconnections Appliances which have been incorrectly connected to surface drains rather than sewers are a significant cause of... Read More >