Record £20 million fine for water pollution offences
Record £20 million fine for water pollution offences.
In January 2016, Thames Water Utilities Ltd (TWUL) was fined £1 million for causing pollution to a canal.
Thames Water Utilities Prosecution The prosecution followed a series of six separate sewage pollution incidents on the River Thames, occurring at different sites between 2012 and 2014.
According to the Environment Agency’s press release, ‘Investigations.revealed a catalogue of failures by TWUL management’.
These have included increasing the numbers of staff in key operational roles and investing heavily to improve reliability.
Where there has been a breach which has resulted in prosecution, the Court of Appeal has made it clear that Board-level commitment to compliance with environmental regulations will be a significant mitigating factor.
It should receive both specific (eg incident-led) and routine reports; the Board should act on specific and routine reports which flag environmental compliance weaknesses; and environmental compliance discussions should be minuted in case of future investigations.
Large fines are not only limited to water companies.
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