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Agency's £118,000 costs for failed IPC prosecution

On 18 December, the Environment Agency was ordered to pay legal costs of £118,605 to waste oil recycling firm Petrus Oils. An attempted prosecution of the company for breaches of its integrated pollution control (IPC) authorisation collapsed in November, when a judge at Stoke Crown Court concluded that the Agency had abused the legal process (ENDS Report 286, pp 17-19 ). Unusually, he ordered the Agency to pay Petrus' costs from its own pocket - leading the firm to claim £155,000.

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