Different approaches to civil sanctions across the UK

Ecover made voluntary payments for violating the packaging regulations. Photograph: YourBestDigs/FlickrLatest sanctions in England

Aside from Costcutter’s £650,000 sanction (see main feature), in September, the EA revealed it had agreed a £269,000 enforcement undertaking with Thames Water for fish kill near Luton. The utility covered the EA’s costs, conducted remediation works and paid £50,000 to Luton Hoo estate, £100,000 to Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust and £119,000 to Veralum Angling Club. Anglian Water also paid out £190,000 to four charities for three separate incidents.

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