Integrated pollution control - R v Cleanaway (25 March 1998) Magistrates' Court

United Kingdom
Cleanaway removed drums containing diatriazoic acid from a pharmaceuticals manufacturer and incinerated the contents. Diatriazoic acid is largely an iodine compound. The abatement equipment used was not sufficient to deal with iodine and consequently iodine vapour in the form of a highly visible violet-coloured plume emanated from the incinerator. This emission was contrary to Cleanaway's integrated pollution control authorisation and they were fined £5,000 for the offence under Section 6(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. (ENDS Report 279, p48)