NRW holds back evidence ‘to protect the public purse’

The Welsh environment regulator held back evidence to avoid unnecessary legal fees during the unsuccessful prosecution of a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) firm, it has said.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) brought 10 charges against the Potter Group, for breaching its environmental permit by storing RDF “in a manner that was not in accordance with pest and odour management plans” at its Pembroke Dock site. 

NRW began investigating in 2015, after issues with flies and odours were reported by local residents and managers at the nearby South Pembrokeshire Hospital.

However, on 6 November, District Judge James found the Welsh waste management company not guilty on all charges.

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