A round-up of the latest environmental court cases.

A round-up of the latest environmental court cases.

Serious pollution prosecutions in England decline

There were 81 prosecutions for waste, water quality and emissions monitoring offences in England in 2014, a 21% decrease from 2013 when the Environment Agency secured 118 convictions. The figures are from the agency’s summary of serious pollution incidents in England in 2014.

It also reveals that the number of enforcement notices was up, with 245 issued in 2014 compared with 205 in 2013. The notices require operators to ensure sites comply in the future and put right any damage caused to the environment. Since 2011, the agency has had the power to issue enforcement undertakings, which allow offenders to pay to clean up the damage caused and improve the environment rather than pay fines. The number issued had been increasing each year, but there was a 20% decline in 2014 compared with 2013 – 43 compared ...

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