Environment Agency statistics show decrease in number of serious pollution incidents

Environment Agency statistics show decrease in number of serious pollution incidents

The latest pollution incident statistics released by the Environment Agency show that the number of serious pollution incidents (Category 1 and 2) was 11% lower in 2014 compared to 2013.

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Thames Water’s Appeal Against £250,000 Water Pollution Fine Calculated in Accordance with Sentencing Guidelines Rejected

The Court of Appeal has ruled against Thames Water Utilities Limited and upheld the £250,000 fine for pollution (sewage) of a nature reserve.  The original sentencing decision made by the Court was made in accordance

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Out of Hours Rain Storm No Excuse for Oil Pollution Incident. Polluter Pays £36,689, Insurers Clean Up Bill £169,000

Oil from a waste treatment plant in Ipswich polluted four miles of the River Orwell and Contaminated 12 swans, one of which died.  Ipswich Magistrates’ Court heard that the company responsible had failed to manage

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NRW Investigating Reports that 10,000 Gallons of Cow Slurry has entered a river in the Towy Valley

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is investigating reports of a slurry spill which has entered a river in the Towey Valley.  Early Indications are that 10,000 gallons of slurry has entered a stream known locally as

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Polluted River in Surrey; Thames Water Fined £220,000

In a case brought by the Environment Agency, Thames Water Utilities Limited (Thames Water) were fined £220,000 and ordered to pay costs of £27,000 at Guildford Crown Court on 16th February 2014 for polluting the

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Forestry Commission Fined £24,000 for Silt Pollution

The Forestry Commission in Wales has apologised after it was fined £24,000 in court for polluting a 20 Mile (33 km) stretch of a waterway in Powys.

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Ensuring Compliance. It’s not just about prosecuting offenders.

It is a common misconception that the purpose and main role of the Environmental Regulator (EA, NRW, SEPA) is to prosecute people and companies who pollute the environment. In fact the role of the Environmental Regulator

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Draft Law Extends Civil Sanctions to Environmental Permitting Offences.

Currently Enforcement Undertakings (EU) cannot be accepted by the Environment Agency (EA) for pollution offences under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Amendment Regulations 2010.  For the estimated 90,000 permitted sites the Agency in the

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Natural Resources Wales’ alternative way to deal with environmental offences.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has used an innovative approach to dealing with a company which polluted the River Taff.  In January and September 2013, waste from PB Gelatins UK Limited site in Treforest unintentionally found

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First Enforcement Undertaking Accepted from Water Company

The Environment Agency (EA) has accepted an Enforcement Undertaking (EU) from Wessex Water, the first case where a Civil Sanction has been used against a water company.  The offer includes actions for Wessex Water to

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