In court: February 2016
A round-up of the latest environmental legal cases including Yorkshire Water and Sepa.
Yorkshire Water fined £600,000 for sewage incident
Yorkshire Water Services has been fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs of £24,000 for polluting a lake with sewage and killing hundreds of fish.
Leeds Crown Court imposed the penalty after the company pleaded guilty to one charge of causing a water discharge at Walton Colliery Nature Park, Wakefield in October 2013 that was not authorised by an environmental permit.
An earlier court hearing was told that a rising main sewage pipe at Yorkshire Water’s Shay Lane pumping station burst on or before 5 October 2013 and raw sewage flowed into Drain Beck, which feeds a fishing lake in Walton Park and flows into Barnsley Canal. More than 860 dead fish were recovered ...