Pollution of 2.5 km of Watercourse
1. A processing plant in Lincolnshire was fined last year £10,000 after ammonia from its refrigeration units escaped into a nearby stream, causing the death of more than 100 fish. Adams Park Products pleaded guilty to polluting a tributary of the Ruskington Beck during a hearing at Grantham Magistrates’ Court. The firm was fined and ordered to pay £4,393 in expenses for its role in the incident, which took place at its site in Ruskington, near Sleaford.
2. The court heard that Adams had supplied a container of water to contractors carrying out maintenance work on the refrigeration units, who needed to bubble ammonia through water. The liquid was subsequently spilt and leaked into a tributary of Ruskington Beck, which polluted 2.5 km of the watercourse.