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Permit breaches lead to more Environment Agency prosecutions

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EA prosecutes three firms for environmental permit breaches, watercourse pollution and for the illegal storage of waste

Stow Skips Limited has been fined £20,000 and the director, Nicolas Scarsbrook, disqualified from carrying on as company director for five years, after pleading guilty to not storing waste in agreement with the environmental permit that the company held for Westington Quarry, in Chipping Campden and for two charges of running a waste operation without the required permit.

Mr Scarsbrook was also made to pay the landowner £35,000 in compensation and has to do 250 hours of unpaid work.

The company was given an environmental permit to run a household, industrial and commercial waste management facility on the site at Chipping Campden.

However, the owner of the land received a number of reports regarding the condition at the site, so he took back possession and put things in place to evict the company from his site.

The land agent responsible for the enforced eviction, discovered big piles of wood and inert waste stored on the floor outside the site’s main building on their first inspection. They also found heaps of asbestos, loose tyres, baled waste and thirteen intermediate bulk containers which contained hazardous liquid waste, stored outside the authorised area.

The company, Noble Waste Treatment Ltd, has seen its environmental permit withdrawn, which means that they are not allowed to run their waste transfer facility any longer and cannot accept any more waste at the site in Wakefield.

The EA said that the company has a history of unsuccessfully complying with conditions set out regarding their environmental permit.

The company has been given until September 22 to get rid of waste at the site, or face further legal action.

Dreadful site management at an Anaerobic Digestion plant (AD), run by Trinity Hall Biogas Ltd, Hockliffe, Bedfordshire, led to the pollution of 3km of watercourses.

Two overflows from the plant, in December 2013 and again in April 2014, deeply affected the quality of the water in the stream, from a farm near Hockliffe, right down to the Ouzel Brook, which is around 3km downstream, the court was told.

The company was fined £10,000 and made to pay £10,423.79 in EA costs.

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