Up to 30 charities and community projects are set to receive payments from UK companies who have broken environmental laws. The money will be spent on projects that will have a positive impact on the environment including river cleaning, native species restocking and investment in parkland.
A total of 26 Enforcement Undertakings from the EA appear on a list detailing agreed payments ranging from £1500 - £375,000 with 6 companies agreeing to pay 6 figure amounts.
- Northumbrian Water Limited (£375,000) for pumping raw sewage into a tributary of the River Tyne.
- Filippo Berio UK Limited (£253,906.91) for failing to recover or recycle packaging waste.
- Anglian Water Services Limited have made two separate payments (£100,000 and £100,000) both for causing pollution incidents which killed fish.
- Heineken UK Limited (£160,000) for causing a pollution incident which killed fish.
- Kerry Ingredients UK Limited (£127,975) for causing a pollution incident which killed fish.
- Sandoz Limited (£120,932.23) for failing to recover or recycle packaging waste.
In addition to the agreements to pay, each company has accepted liability for the offences and implemented measures to reduce the risk of similar offences moving forward.
The Environment Agency extended the Enforcement Undertakings in 2015 to cover a wider range of offences and use this strategy as an effective method of restoring the environment whilst improving the practices of the offenders and minimising long criminal court cases.
Peter Kellett, Legal Director for the Environment Agency commented:
"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."