Fines for environmental offences rising, data confirms

Fines levied on companies guilty of committing environmental offences have risen significantly since new sentencing guidelines were introduced in 2014, according to the government’s official monitoring body. 

Between January 2013 and June 2014, the median fine for an environmental offence in England was £12,500, while the mean was £39,200. But between July 2014, when the Sentencing Council guidelines came into effect, and December 2015 the median increased to £21,500 and mean to £70,600.

Median fine amounts imposed on organisations, 2005-2015 

Source: The Sentencing Council

Some organisations have received particularly high fines, which resulted in the sharp increase in the mean penalty imposed, the council noted in its report.

The maximum fines imposed in the Crown Court also rose from £6,000-£100,000 between 2005 and 2012, from £200,000 in 2013, to £500,000 in 2014 and £250,000 in 2015. 

The data backs up recent findings from the Environment Agency, which found that fines imposed on waste companies ...

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