• International Workplace
  • 16 February 2017

Heineken paying £160,000 over pollution incident

The Environment Agency has accepted an enforcement undertaking from a major brewer following a pollution incident on a Herefordshire Brook. The regulator has accepted an offer of £160,000 for an enforcement undertaking from brewer Heineken UK following a pollution incident at its cider factory in Hereford, which saw several thousand fish killed.

Heineken has also paid more than £12,000 to cover the Environment Agency’s legal costs.

The incident, at Heineken’s Bulmer’s cider plant in August 2014, was caused when a container of ammonia-contaminated water was emptied to a surface water drain which connected to the Widemarsh Brook.

At the time it was estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 fish were killed including bullhead, minnows, juvenile chub and dace.

Environment Agency spokesperson, Dave Throup, said:

“It’s very unfortunate that a significant pollution of one of Hereford’s main watercourses happened as a result of Heineken’s actions.

“However, we are pleased that the company is planning to make a positive contribution to the county’s environment by offering this enforcement undertaking.

“As a result of the enforcement undertaking, £150,000 will go the Wye & Usk foundation and £10,000 to Yazor Widemarsh & Eign Brook restoration project.”



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