7 common mistakes that lead firms to fall foul of permitting rules

Failing to have a permit, breaching conditions, polluting watercourses and ignoring enforcement notices are all ways that companies - and occasionally their officers - have been prosecuted under the Environmental Permitting Regulations.

1 Not having a permit

Failing to have a permit to breach is no defence under the Environmental Permitting Regulations, being caught by regulation 12(1)(a), requiring anyone operating a regulated facility to have one.

Such failures are rare among legitimate companies, mostly being the result of ignorance or active criminality.

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