Severn Trent Water has been fined for polluting Birmingham’s Sutton Park national nature reserve with sewage in November 2013, destroying two thirds of a hectare of rare and sensitive plants. The park is also a site of special scientific interest.
Total payout: £550,813
Date: March 2019
Offender: Severn Trent Water
Description of offence: Unpermitted deposit of waste to land, breaching section 33(1)(a) and (6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and discharging raw sewage, contrary to regulation 38(1)(a) and regulation 12(1)(b) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010
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