Bristol--Sevalco, the UK carbon black manufacturing arm of Columbian Chemicals, has been fined Â£240 000 (â‚¬350 000) following sustained leaks of cyanide into an important wildlife area. The company also has to pay Â£70 000 in costs.
"This was a serious and long term problem involving a toxic substance at the Sevalco plant which the company failed to deal with and deliberately concealed," explained Tim Loveday for the Environment Agency.
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Statement by the Environment Agency