Sector compliance scores issued

The proportion of firms failing to comply properly with permits issued by the Environment Agency fell from 4.1% in 2014 to 3.2% in 2015.

The percentage of serious incidents at permitted sites declined by 32% between 2014 and 2015, the regulator said. However, performance varied considerably across the 13 sectors it regulated.

The biggest decline in serious pollution in 2015 was in the landfill sector, which caused 13 incidents compared with 36 in the previous year, according to the data. Cases of minor pollution fell ...

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