Does first odour payout herald broader enforcement undertaking use?

The first ever enforcement undertaking accepted for an odour offence is an example of how the Environment Agency is beginning to make greater use of the tool to penalise environmental permitting offences, experts say. Conor McGlone reports

Sowerby Woods plant
The Renewi UK Services Ltd plant on the Sowerby Woods Industrial Estate

Figures published earlier this month by the Environment Agency (EA) and analysed by ENDS reveal that the enforcement undertakings (EUs) it agreed between February and May fell largely into two broad categories. Just over half (55%) of the 29 civil sanction payments agreed were for packaging offences under the Producer Responsibility Obligations. Most of the rest (41%) were for water-pollution incidents, where permits were breached.

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