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Report - Sevalco Chemical Plant, Avonmouth, Bristol 31/08/09

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by rigsby, Aug 31, 2009.

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    Sevalco, owned by Columbian Chemicals use to makes carbon black, an engineered material that improves the strength and durability of a range of products like tyres and other mechanical rubber goods, as well as inks, paints and plastics.

    The 20-acre factory site had been in operation since 1951 and closed late 2008.

    Sevalco has hit the headlines in recent years for pollution.
    It was ordered to pay more than £300,000 in fines and costs in 2004 for dumping up to 17 times the legal limit of cyanide into the Severn estuary.

    In October 2008 the company was ordered to pay more than £13,000 after letting oil leak into a tributary of the River Severn following a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency.

    In 1997, a thief was jailed for six years after spreading 20 tonnes of fine carbon dust stolen from Sevalco along a 15-mile stretch of the A38 in South Gloucestershire.
    It led to a clean-up bill estimated at £500,000 and sparked health fears for families and animals.

    Two years later, Friends of the Earth named Sevalco as one of four Avonmouth firms on a list of the region's seven worst polluters using Government Environment Agency figures for emissions of cancer-causing chemicals.

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