CAMBRIDGE, England (Sept. 20, 2011)—A case brought against scrap rubber processing company Murfitts Industries Ltd. by the Environment Agency has collapsed following a dispute over the admissibility of expert witnesses.
Murfitts Industries had been before Cambridge Crown Court charged with keeping, treating or disposing of waste in a manner likely to cause pollution.
The charges related to a fire in 2009 at a company plant in Littleport when 2,000 tires had caught fire.
The Environment Agency had then begun prosecution, but Murfitts said in its defense that it had complied fully with all environmental regulations and that the fire was a result of circumstances that could not be foreseen.
But at the opening of the case following legal argument the judge ruled that certain expert testimony could not be permitted, and as a result the EA said it could no longer continue.