How a regulator's failed prosecution created a controversy over waste regulation

A failed Natural Resources Wales prosecution has led to criticism over the environmental regulator's ability to regulate sites and tackle waste crime. Conor McGlone investigates.

Earlier this month, waste firm Potter Group was found not guilty on all ten charges brought against it by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) for breaching its environmental permit at its Pembroke Dock site. 

The case was dismissed on day two of a five day trial, with NRW saying it “decided not to present all of [its] evidence at the trial to avoid unnecessary legal fees...which would have come at a significant cost to the public purse”.

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