Environment Agency Prosecutions and Civil Sanctions – 2017
Suspended sentence for illegal waste deposits – 30 January 2017
Kirklees Magistrates Court handed down a suspended 26 week prison sentence to Samuel Hunter – who had denied the offences – for illegally storing waste. Hunter, who claimed his activities were covered by waste exemptions, had been advised otherwise by Environment Agency officers and was required to remove the waste but had failed to do so in sufficient time. Sentencing remarks can be read here.
Six months to clear illegal waste site – 28 January 2017
A Norfolk businessman has been given an additional six months to clear waste from his land. Colin Barnes’ environmental permit was revoked in 2014 following breaches of permit conditions. Despite interventions from Environment Agencies officers, waste remained on site. Barnes cited problems with accessing licensed carriers to remove the waste and has now been given until July 2017 to clear all waste or face further court action. See the official press release for further information.
Unauthorised waste site operator fined – 27 January 2017
MJ Curle Ltd and director Stuart Curle have both been fined for operating a waste site without a permit. Fines were imposed on both, along with an order requiring legal disposal of an estimated 1,700 tonnes of waste from the site. You can find full details here.
Mattress mountain lands Kent man in court – 24 January 2017
Operating outside of the terms of his registered waste exemptions has brought Eco Matters business owner Lewis Bertram before the Crown Court. Mr Bertram appeared initally at the Magistrates Court, but entered not guilty pleas to three charges related to the storing of waste mattresses prior to recycling. He opted for his case to be tried by jury at the Crown Court. The jury have returned guilty verdicts for all three charges and Mr Bertam will be sentenced on 3 Feburary 2017. Read more details of the offences here.
Slurry pollution leads to £5,000 fine – 5 January 2017
The installation of a drain to take dirty waste water away from a leaking storage lagoon has led to farm operators Brunt Partners being charged nearly £10,000 in fines and costs. The lagoon, used for storing washings from the milking parlour was not repaired when necessary, although work has now been completed. The drain had led to a soakaway in a field and caused slurry pollution over a period of time. Further details are here.