Last reviewed 21 July 2021

Edima Holdings Ltd has been prosecuted after a pollution incident caused by trade effluent killed over 450 fish in a nearby brook.

Cannock Magistrates’ Court heard how a pipe pumping trade effluent into a lagoon at Edima, a potato processing company, had split and while a crude attempt had been made to repair it, the lagoon was discharging into a ditch then into the brook.

Investigating Environment Agency officers found more than 450 dead fish along the brook.

Officers gave the company advice on remedial action needed to prevent further pollution, but a month later, the Environment Agency received a report of pollution at Middleton Hall Lake on Langley Brook. Following this report, the company agreed to carry out the necessary work.

Edima Holdings Ltd was fined £6500 after pleading guilty to breaching regulations 12(1)(b) and 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010. A total financial penalty of £21,264 was also imposed on the company.

Businesses are reminded to take account of cautions and advice from the Environment Agency. In addition, emergency response plans should be in place to respond to discharge and other pollution incidents.