Mustard gas dumpers plead guilty following EA investigation

Three people have pleaded guilty to possessing mustard gas canisters and dumping them in a Lincolnshire lake and woods, breaching chemicals and environmental rules.

Around 150 of canisters of the gas were discovered in woods near Woodhall Spa in October 2017. Now popular with scout troops and walkers, the area was once a wartime RAF base used by 617 Squadron, better known as the Dambusters.

As a result, the area had to be sealed off for two weeks, with the clean up operation costing around £300,000. 

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The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/1154)

In force/
Current
Legislation
England, Wales
Published
29 Jan 2019

Commentary

02/11/2017 Amending Regulations (SI 2017/1012) published.
01/02/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/110) published.
03/04/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/428) published.
11/05/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/575) published., 26/11/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/1227) published., 30/11/2018 Amending Regulations ( WSI 2018/1216) published., 17/01/2019 Amending Regulations ( SI 2019/39) published.

Compliance Dates

01/01/2017 Comes into force

Characteristics

Subject

Air Industrial regulation Waste Water

Source

OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

Affected Sectors

Cross-sector Agriculture Animal Boarding and Pest Control Mining and Quarrying Oil Manufacturing Food Products Beverages And Tobacco Textiles And Clothing Leather And Leather Products Wood And Wood Products Pulp Paper And Paper Products Coke Refined Petroleum Products And Nuclear Fuel Chemicals Chemical Products And Man-Made Fibres Plastics Cement Glass Basic Metal Production and Processing Metal Steel Aluminium Fabricated Metal Products Machinery And Equipment Not Elsewhere Classified (Engineering) Electrical And Optical Equipment Transport Equipment (Vehicles Manufacture and Repair) Manufacturing not classified elsewhere Recycling Pharmaceuticals/Health Products Consumer Goods Water Electricity Gas Waste and Cleaning Publishing Printing and Mass Media
ECM

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/1154)

Document Status: In force/Current

Scope: England, Wales

Commentary:

02/11/2017 Amending Regulations (SI 2017/1012) published.
01/02/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/110) published.
03/04/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/428) published.
11/05/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/575) published., 26/11/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/1227) published., 30/11/2018 Amending Regulations ( WSI 2018/1216) published., 17/01/2019 Amending Regulations ( SI 2019/39) published.

Compliance:

01/01/2017 Comes into force

Martyn and Michaela Tasker of Lincoln and local man Stuart Holmes appeared before Lincoln crown court last week and pleaded guilty to possessing a liquid sulphur mustard canisters, contrary to Section 2 of the Chemical Weapons Act 1996 and contravening regulation 12(1) of the of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016 through causing the unpermitted discharge of poisonous, noxious or polluting matter into fresh inland waters.

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