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Environment Agency Prosecutions

The Environment Agency has the power to prosecute those found to be violating environmental law and thereby committing a criminal act.

If the Environment Agency considers you are in breach of environmental law, it has the following powers at its disposal:

  • To issue enforcement notice(s)

  • To issue prohibition notice(s) (where there is an imminent risk of significant environmental damage)

  • To vary, suspend or revoke an environmental licence

  • To carry out remedial works (the costs of which it will seek to recover)

  • To prosecute

Fines are increasing for environmental offences

Information provided by the Sentencing Council shows that between January 2013 and June 2014 the median for an environmental offence in England was £12,500, whilst the mean was 39,200. However, between July 2014, when the new Sentencing guidelines came into effect and December 2015 the median increased to £21,500 and the mean to £70,600. 

This show that fines for companies guilty of committing environmental offences have risen significantly since these guidelines were introduced in 2014.  Maximum fines imposed at the Crown Court rose from £6,000 - £100,000 between 2005 and 2012. In 2013 it was £200,000, in 2014 £400,000 and £250,000 in 2015.

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