Another puny fine for illegal chemical waste operation

The lenient attitude of some courts to serious waste offences has been underlined by a £350 fine imposed on an operator who brought almost 100 tonnes of hazardous chemical residues and asbestos waste onto an unlicensed site only a short distance from a primary school. And the costs award covered just 1% of the expenses incurred by two local authorities in investigating and cleaning up the operation.

The prosecution was brought by Greater Manchester Waste Regulation Authority (GMWRA), which is still smarting from a recent case which ended with a £20 fine being imposed for a large-scale illegal landfill operation (ENDS Report 215, pp 40-41 ).

The current case concerned a site close to the centre of R

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