Is the Environment Agency leaving crime unpunished?

The number of prosecutions, cautions, inspections and enforcement notices issued by the Environment Agency have all seen dramatic falls in recent years. Gareth Simkins investigates

Environment Agency officer looks on while the police arrest a waste criminal
The Environment Agency undertakes far less enforcement action than was once the case

Laying off its most experienced staff, choosing not to follow up reports of pollution from the public and reliance on self-regulation have had a devastating effect on enforcement undertaken by the Environment Agency (EA). Almost every measure of activity has fallen in recent years, especially prosecutions.

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