Linthwaite chemical factory fire – firm’s previous £25,000 fine after toxic chemical leak
May 25 2010 by Henryk Zientek, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
GROSVENOR Chemicals has faced controversy during its years of operating at the Manchester Road site.
Three years ago, Grosvenor Chemicals was fined £8,000 after pleading guilty to operating its plant for 12 days in contravention of its authorisation from the Environment Agency.
The firm was ordered by Huddersfield magistrates to pay full costs of £2,185.51 to the Environment Agency, which brought the case.
The court heard that the site had continued to operate despite the fact that a scrubber system designed to stop any chemical emissions from the site was not working because its pump was under repair.
In 1981, forerunner business Pennine Chemical Services clashed with Kirklees Council over allowing council officials to inspect the site and failure to comply with conditions attached to planning approvals.
Expansion of the site and a chemical leak from a lorry delivering to the site in the early 1990s also led to clashes with residents over health and safety fears.
And in 1995, the company was fined £25,000 and ordered to pay £10,000 costs after toxic chemicals leaked into a public sewer.