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Significant fine for water company
following hazardous chemical leak
On 19th April 2018 at Derby Crown
Court, sitting in Nottingham, Severn
Tr e n t Wa t e r L i m i t e d w a s f i n e d
£350,000 and ordered to pay Environment Agency costs of £68,003, as well
as a victim surcharge of £120. An estimated 30,000 dead fish and 5km of
damaged ecology along the River
Amber led to proceedings brought
against Severn Trent Water Limited
following a pollution incident.
On 1st November 2015, the Environment Agency received reports of
several hundred dead fish in the River
Amber in Derbyshire, and, following a
search of the area and discussions
with Severn Trent Water employees,
the source of the pollution was found
to be a release of sodium hydroxide
from the Ogston Water Treatment
works, operated by Severn Trent
Water, into the river.
Severn Trent Water identified that a
leak within a chamber at the treatment works had led to the contents
becoming contaminated with sodium
hydroxide, which was then washed
through the road gully into the River
Angling Trust calls
for reform of
farming to boost
productivity of
A draft report prepared for Environment Secretary Michael Gove by the Angling Trust,
WWF and the Rivers Trust was picked up by
BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in advance
of a high profile launch in the House of Commons on April 24th. The report highlights bad
farming practices as the chief cause of the
decline in the health of our rivers and fish
stocks and calls for radical reform of farming
practices and land management to prevent
soil erosion, flooding and pollution. n
Amber via an outfall pipe. The pollution had a significant negative impact
on the fish and invertebrate populations within the River Amber. The
Environment Agency has been monitoring the natural recovery of the river
ecology over the last two years. Monitoring has shown that whilst there
has been some improvement, something resembling a full recovery is not
expected until the summer of this
In passing sentence, His Honour
Judge Smith found that: “It beggars
belief that a company of the size and
expertise of Severn Trent Water had
no policy whatsoever in respect of
potential incidents arising in connection with their dosing chamber, either
at this treatment works or indeed at
any others throughout the UK. To
have no policy whatsover when dangerous chemicals could have leaked
out in any number of ways is highly
negligent. The size and success of
Severn Trent makes it even more
I n m i t i g a t i o n , S e v e r n Tr e n t
expressed regret and apologised for
the incident. The company cooperated fully with the investigation and
contributed £228,000 to the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Speaking after
the case, an Environment Agency officer involved with the investigation
said: “This is a significant fine
imposed on Severn Trent Water Limited for causing pollution. I hope it
sends a strong message that it is far
more cost effective to avoid these
incidents, as we will continue to take
companies and individuals to task
where they ignore their responsibilities. Pollution causes damage to the
environment and river ecology, in this
case sodium hydroxide with a concentration of 20% amounts to a hazardous chemical, and the leak
affected 5km of the River Amber and
killed approximately 30,000 fish and
damaged other wildlife. We encourage anyone who sees suspected pollution to call our incident hotline 0800
90 80 70 so we can act to reduce damage, investigate, and in serious cases
take enforcement action.” n
Brian Skoyles has been inducted in
to Carp Fishing’s Hall of Fame
We are pleased to announce that long-time Nutrabaits user and great friend, Brian
Skoyles has been inducted in to Carp Fishing’s Hall of Fame. As I’m sure you are
aware, Brian has been writing for many of the top angling publications for too
many years to mention, and going back even further, he was heavily involved with
many of the early Carp Society junior fish-ins. More recently he has become heavily involved in
junior coaching
and carp schools.
He has also featured on several
television programmes over the
years including
one particularly
memorable one in
which he caught
a brace of fortyplusses to order
for the cameras.
Although most
of you will probably think of Bri as
a carp angler, his undoubted skills have also enabled him to build up a very
impressive tally of big pike, perch, barbel, catfish and grayling, to name but five.
Many congratulations Bri from all the Nutrabaits team. We genuinely can’t think
of anybody who deserves it more. He’s a true gentleman of our sport whose
enthusiasm and willingness to put something back never ceases to amaze us. n


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