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Costs Curtailed in Chemical-Fire Case

Two companies have been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in fines and costs over a major chemical fire in Crewe four years ago  but the total could have been even higher had the judge not rejected the HSE's original costs claim as unreasonable.

Two companies have been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in fines and costs over a major chemical fire in Crewe four years ago – but the total could have been even higher had the judge not rejected the HSE’s original costs claim as unreasonable.

The regulator brought the prosecution against Crewe-based waste-recycling company Greenway Environmental Ltd and Preston-based waste-shredder Pakawaste Ltd following its investigation into an explosion and fire at Greenway-operated Aztec Aerosols on the Gateway Industrial Estate on 4 June 2007.

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