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  • Sewerage pipe

    Severn Trent acts against water, sewer abusers

    Severn Trent Water has prosecuted two companies for abusing the water and sewer infrastructure, bringing the number of firms it has successfully taken legal action against so far this year to five

  • Dounreay on the north coast of Caithness, Scotland. Photograph: Steve AllenUK/123RF

    Major industrial sites rated ‘poor’ by SEPA

    Dounreay, BP and Petroineos all run sites rated ‘poor’ by SEPA, while overall compliance with environmental licences in Scotland improves

  • Leaking slurry pipe

    Dairy farm fined over cattle dung pollution

    A dairy farm in north Devon has been prosecuted after it was found to have caused pollution in a nearby stream, with ammonia levels almost 100 times higher than healthy levels

  • Bales of waste in a field. Photograph: Environment Agency

    Two arrested over waste crime activity

    Arrests follow ‘extremely serious’ organised crime activity, involving dumping of illegal waste, fraud and money laundering

  • European Commission building, Brussels. Photograph: Marta Janiec/123RF

    UK could be subject to sanctions during Brexit

    The EC wants to retain the right to sanction the UK for transgressing EU law during the Brexit transition period and perhaps beyond

  • The polluted river Goyt

    United Utilities pays £155k civil sanction

    The water firm has made its first civil sanction payment, following incidents in Tameside and Derbyshire involving sewage discharge into local watercourses

  • Hereford magistrates' court. Photograph: Jaggery/

    West Midlands scrap dealer prosecuted

    A Herefordshire scrap metal dealer, who repeatedly failed to comply with enforcement notices, has been ordered to pay out more than £12,000

  • Illegal waste site. Photograph: Environment Agency Analysis

    Waste crime is rising up the agenda but who should pay?

    The Environment Agency is set to gain new enforcement powers to tackle waste crime while DEFRA is also proposing further measures. Conor McGlone asks whether the powers go far enough

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