Gloucestershire based Forest of Dean Metal Finishers fined £6,000 for illegal discharges into Severn Trent Water sewer network
GLOUCESTERSHIRE based Forest of Dean Metal Finishers has been fined £6,000 for making illegal discharges into the Severn Trent Water sewer network. The company has also been ordered to pay legal costs of £4,000.
This is the fourth successful prosecution in recent weeks. In July, Star Polishing and Plating Company Limited was fined £11,000 for five counts of making illegal discharges into the Severn Trent Water sewer network and affecting Barnhurst sewage treatment works, and Wolverhampton Electroplating Limited was fined £2,500 for similar offenses. Janan Meat Limited was also fined £1,350 for the illegal disposal of trade effluent.
The case against Forest of Dean Metal Finishers was heard on Monday 5 August at Cheltenham Magistrates Court, following a prosecution brought by Severn Trent Water for a breach of the Water Industry Act 1991. It is a criminal offence under section 121 of the Act to discharge to surface drains without the consent of the sewerage undertaker.
Between 6 June 2012 and 9 January 2013 Forest of Dean Metal Finishers were the occupiers of trade premises situated at Lydney Industrial estate, Gloucestershire, from which trade effluent which was above the permitted limit for zinc was discharged into a public sewer.
Simon Cocks, waste water services director for Severn Trent Water, commented: “Our customers pay for damage to the sewer network and the treatment works, so it is important that we prosecute offenders in appropriate cases and take action to recover costs where possible.
“The limits we set to regulate trade discharges are calculated to ensure they do not adversely effect the capacity of our sewage works to efficiently treat sewage, so exceeding this consent is not only illegal; it can also damage the sewage treatment process and so risk causing harm to the environment.”
Simon added: “Rather than having to take action in court, we would prefer to work together with businesses to prevent any breaches occurring in the first place.”
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