Scottish water polluters pay less

Average fines for water pollution offences in Scotland are less than half of those in England and Wales, according to data published by the Scottish River Purification Boards (RPBs). The Scottish legal system also tends to favour the polluter and produces fewer successful prosecutions than the English.

In 1990, 44 successful water pollution cases were completed in Scotland (see table ). The average fine was £350 - well below the £907 average in England and Wales. Even excluding the £1 million fine imposed on Shell for a major oil pollution incident on the Mersey (ENDS Report 181, pp 5-6 ), th

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