In court: March 2016

A round-up of the latest environmental legal cases including Oran Environmental Services and Conoco Phillips.

Firm given Scotland’s highest confiscation order

A confiscation order of £345,558 has been handed to waste firm Oran Environmental Services (OES). It is the highest confiscation order in Scotland for environmental offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The firm was also fined £12,000.

OES pleaded guilty to three offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at its Kilbagie Mill site in Alloa between December 2012 and August 2013. They relate to the company’s failure to remove waste materials from the site after enforcement action by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa); its storage of controlled waste on land not covered by a waste management licence; and its failure to carry out adequate pest control measures at the facility.

Sepa said it received numerous complaints about the site from local residents during 2013, including about ...

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