Pollution fine for Worksop food company

Courts: Reports from around the region.
Courts: Reports from around the region.

THE UK’s largest food manufacturer has been fined £15,000 for discharging an excessive amount of effluent into the sewage system in Worksop.

Premier Foods Group Limited was prosecuted by Severn Trent Water at Worksop Magistrates’ Court for breaches of the Water Industry Act 1991.

The company has also been ordered to pay legal costs of £5,106.18 following the case.

The court heard effluent discharged in the town was 26 times above the permitted limit for oxygen content and 23 times the permitted limit for suspended solids.

Simon Cocks, waste water services director for Severn Trent Water, said: “The limits we set to regulate trade discharges are calculated to ensure they do not adversely affect the capacity of our sewage works to efficiently treat sewage.

“So exceeding these limits is not only illegal; it can damage the sewage treatment process and risk causing harm to the environment.”

He added: “In addition, our customers are paying for damage to the sewer network and sewage works caused by these kind of incidents, so it’s important that we hold companies to account.

“However, rather than having to take action in court, we would prefer to work together with companies to prevent any breaches in the first place.”