Chemicals firm fined for leak

Failing to comply with an environmental permit for its Sunderland site has cost Tradebe Solvent Recycling almost £39,000.

Sunderland Magistrates Court was told that, in January 2015, around 4,000 litres isopropyl alcohol (IPA) leaked from a pump due to the valve not being properly closed. Although IPA is not regarded as a hazardous chemical, some of the liquid seeped into groundwater.

The incident occurred when 23,500 litres IPA was transferred from a road tanker into one of the site’s fixed storage tankers. During the operation, three valves were ...

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