First jail sentence for an environmental offence

What appears to be the first prison sentence in an environmental case in Britain was imposed in October on the director of a waste disposal company. The director was sentenced to six months in jail following his third conviction in offences involving "special" waste.

The sentence arose out of a case which began in July 1990, when environmental health officers from Glasgow District Council called at the premises of GPD Group, a waste disposal company in Rutherglen. They discovered two road tankers containing 36,000 litres of toluene wastes on the unlicensed site. Liquid from one of the tankers was being transferred into drums.

GPD went into liquidation soon afterwards, but a prosecution was brought aga

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