Charities gain £1.6m from EA enforcement undertakings

Enforcement undertakings agreed with the Environment Agency (EA) for permit breaches, violating packaging regulations, water pollution and illegal abstraction have raised £1.6m for green good causes.

Wessex Water, Tarmac Aggregates, Biffa and Severn Trent Water are some of the big names that paid up between 23 May 2019 and 30 November 2019, as revealed by EA figures published today. Details of the offences, as usual, are sparse.

United Utilities made the largest payment, in relation to a breach of the Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975 at its Carlisle waste water treatment works. It discharged effluent considered poisonous or injurious to fish, spawn, spawning areas or food of fish, an offence under the act’s section 4(1). The firm agreed to remediate and restore the site, cover the Environment Agency’s costs, perform a site investigation and pay £264,000 to the Eden Rivers Trust.

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