In court: March 2017

Fines for Suez and Imerys Minerals for pollution offences

Problems at landfill site costs Suez more than £500,000

After a four-year investigation, Suez Recycling and Recovery has been fined £180,000 and ordered to pay £325,000 costs for a series of offences in 2012 and 2013 at its Connon Bridge landfill site near Liskeard, Cornwall.

The firm pleaded guilty to six offences under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010. These included allowing leachate to exceed permitted levels; letting leachate overflow from an extraction point; and unlawfully discharging contaminated water.

Truro Crown Court was told the Environment Agency began having concerns about management of the landfill in 2012, which was run by SITA UK, a subsidiary of the global Suez Environment Group. Heavy rain caused leachate levels to rise rapidly beyond limits specified by the site’s environmental permit.

Officers visited the site in ...

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