31 January 2017
£1.5m in fines for firms breaking environmental laws
More than £1.5 million in fines have been paid for breaching environmental laws, new figures show.
The total of enforcement undertakings - civil actions in place of criminal prosecutions - is £1,535,992. These fines have been paid by 26 separate firms, with individual fines ranging from £1,500 to £375,000, according to information published by the Environment Agency.
Peter Kellett, legal director for the Environment Agency, said: "We take pollution incidents very seriously and the payments of £1.5 million we're announcing today are the result of our firm but fair enforcement action and will benefit people and the environment across the country.
"Enforcement undertakings allow those who commit offences to restore the environment and to take steps to prevent a recurrence.
"When appropriate, they allow a quicker resolution than a prosecution and help offenders who are prepared to take responsibility for their actions to put things right with their local communities."
The money raised will now be spent on green projects and wildlife preservation run by 30 individual charities and projects.
The largest payment of £375,000 has been paid by Northumbrian Water after the firm pumped raw sewage into a tributary of the River Tyne.