How the EA is proposing to calculate water penalties

Proposals to use a natural capital calculator to assess the harm from water pollution incidents could see perpetrators face steeper financial penalties, one firm’s analysis indicates. Conor McGlone investigates

Fish in river

Penalty calculator compares condition of fish before and after a pollution incident

Powers to accept enforcement undertakings for permitting offences were granted to the Environment Agency (EA) in 2015 in a move intended to encourage wrongdoers to offer financial reparations rather than go to court. As part of the enforcement undertakings process it is the offenders’ responsibility to put forward a fair remedy for the damage it has caused.

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