School pollution fine

21st August 2009 at 01:00
A North Somerset private school has been ordered to pay almost pound;17,000 in fines and costs after it caused a major pollution alert

Sidcot School in Winscombe was prosecuted by the Environment Agency following an incident last October when 33,000 litres of oil leaked from a faulty pipe. After the alarm was raised, Bristol Water closed its Winscombe boreholes as a precaution because of the spill. At North Somerset Magistrates' Court the school pleaded guilty to causing polluting matter, namely heating oil, to enter controlled waters.

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