Enforcement undertakings: Britain's 10 largest settlements

Since 2015, companies that commit certain offences under environmental permitting regulations have been able to offer voluntary enforcement undertakings (EUs) to the environment agencies to avoid criminal sanctions. Conor McGlone looks through some of the largest settlements.

1 Wessex Water: £975,000

Wessex Water paid an unprecedented £1m for a series of sewage discharges into Swanage Bay in November 2018.

The payout related to unconsented discharges of sewage effluent into Swanage Bay from the town’s sewage treatment works from July 2016 to August 2017. One occurred during a carnival weekend and another was witnessed by a local RNLI lifeboat crew who  complained to Wessex Water and the local authority after sailing through a plume of raw sewage.

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