Food firm Premier Foods fined £15,000 for contaminating sewer system
A FOOD company has been fined £15,000 for contaminating a sewer system.
Severn Trent brought the prosecution against Premier Foods Group Limited after it exceeded the legal limit of trade effluent it released into the sewer system.
Effluent discharged into the sewer by the company on November 29, 2011, was 26 times above the permitted limit for chemical oxygen demand 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 risk causing harm to the environment."
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The firm, based in Worksop, was also ordered to pay legal costs of £5,106.18.