Environmental Damage Regulations little-used

The Environmental Damage Regulations came into force in 2009 to transpose the EU Environmental Liability Directive

The Environmental Damage Regulations came into force in 2009 to transpose the EU Environmental Liability Directive. But the Environment Agency says it has hardly used the powers since then.

The idea of the legislation was to ensure that those responsible for damage to the environment pay for its remediation.

United Utilities is the only company to receive a notice from the agency after it polluted a waterway with sewage in July 2009 (ENDS Report 422, p 8).

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