Record fines for Scottish water polluters

Two Scottish companies were each fined over £2,000 for water pollution offences in March, the first time that the higher penalties brought in by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 have been applied north of the border.

The 1990 Act raised the maximum fine available to a magistrates court from £2,000 to £20,000 per offence from the beginning of 1991. In England and Wales a fine above £2,000 was first imposed last April (ENDS Report 195, p 4 ).

In Scotland, where average fines for water pollution offences ha

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