Chemical Company Prosecuted for Pollution of Nene

Issue date: 1st March 2013

Chemical manufacturer and packaging company Safapac pleaded guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to causing pollution to the River Nene on Tuesday 26th February. They claimed vandals damaged containers allowing 5,000 litres of three chemicals to get into drains.

Thousands of fish died and thousands more were damaged by the agricultural chemicals that leaked on 18th June 2012 in Peterborough.
 
Some of them were bleached and others leapt from the water and died along the affected 50km stretch of water.
 
The case has been sent to the crown court for sentence as magistrates felt their sentencing powers were insufficient.