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Mining firm fined over flooding

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A Derbyshire mining firm has been ordered to pay nearly £40,000 after a flood filled as many as 50 homes with contaminated quarry waste and a 30-mile stretch of river was polluted.

Residents in the village of Stoney Middleton in Derbyshire had to make home insurance claims and the clean up cost about £2 million.

The quarry waste flooded the area on January 22, 2007 and appearing at Chesterfield Magistrates' Court Glebe Mines Ltd pleaded guilty to two counts relating to the Water Resources Act 1991.

The Cheshire-based company was fined £22,000, with costs of £16,937 to the Environment Agency, plus a £15 victim surcharge.

Heavy rain at the Cavendish Mill site in the Peak District, which is the only fluorspar mine in the country, led to the incident.

A lagoon holding thousands of tonnes of waste liquefied, it then mixed with some fresh water in a pool below when it breached the walls.

The waste then flooded the area and entered the River Derwent and then the River Trent.

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