Fine following more than 1000 deaths in pollution leak
More than 1000 fish were killed when a beauty firm's delivery of detergent overflowed and poured into nearby watercourses.
The detergent was being delivered to Broadoak Toiletries, but the driver did not hear a worker telling him he was pouring too much out.
As a result sodium lauryl ethoxy sulphate poured onto the ground and despite a clean up by the firm heavy rain carried the pollution into the nearby River Lowman on August 20 last year.
The next day the Environment Agency received reports of a 'chemical smell' in the river and dead or dying fish.
Officers at the scene found more than 1000 dead fish including salmon, trout, bullheads and minnows.
The sodium lauryl ethoxy sulphate in the detergent kills fish by damaging their gills and causes them to suffocate.
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