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Broad Oak Toiletries

Broad Oak Toiletries
Accident date
United Kingdom
Accident area
River Lowman, at Tiverton, Devon
Spill area
Inland waters
Cause of spill
Nature of pollutant
Sodium lauryl ethoxy sulphate
Quantity spilled
Ship / structure type
Factory (Toiletries factory)
Broad Oak Toiletries ltd

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.



Last update on 08/06/2010
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