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Broad Oak Toiletries

SpillsBroad Oak Toiletries

On 20 August 2009, a tanker lorry arrived at the Broad Oak Toiletries factory in Tiverton (UK) to deliver a detergent: sodium lauryl ethoxy sulphate. A company employee assisted as the tanker driver pumped the detergent into a tank, but in spite of this, the tank ended up overflowing.

The emergency spill containment procedure was implemented to recover as much of the escaped detergent as possible. The next day, heavy rain flushed the remaining detergent into the River Lowman. A few hours later, Environment Agency officers arrived at the river and found hundreds of dead fish (salmon, trout, bullheads and minnows). Sodium Lauryl Ethoxy Sulphate kills fish by damaging their gills causing them to suffocate.

In March 2010, after pleading guilty, Broadoak Toiletries Limited were fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £4,196 costs.


Name: Broad Oak Toiletries

Date: 21/08/2009

Location: United Kingdom

Accident area: River Lowman, at Tiverton, Devon

Cause of spill: loading/unloading

Type of pollutant: Sodium lauryl ethoxy sulphate

Quantity spilled: Unknown

Structure type: factory

Details on type: Toiletries factory

Owner: Broad Oak Toiletries Ltd

Last update: 8 June 2010

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