EA sees rise in illegal waste sites

The EA has blamed funding cuts and changes to the allocation of grant in aid on the increasing number of illegal waste sites

The number of high-risk illegal waste sites have risen steadily. Photograph: Pilens/123RFThe number of high-risk illegal waste sites has risen steadily since April 2014, according to the Environment Agency (EA).

Minutes from an EA board meeting held on 2 February reveal that the regulator failed to close down enough high-risk illegal waste sites between April 2014 and the third quarter of 2015, missing its target by 45%.

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