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 ...

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