Environmental projects funded by fines: Environment Agency enforcement action during the last nine years has benefitted environmental charities throughout the Midlands to the tune of £1.4 million of grants.
Offenders as an alternative to prosecutions are asked to donate to environmental projects – this applies to individuals or businesses or who are responsible where they have failed to meet other legal requirements, such as registering and recycling packaging waste or a pollution incident.
The largest donation paid out so far has been £226,000 by Severn Trent Water to the Trent Rivers Trust following a pollution incident says the Environment Agency.
Nottinghamshire company, Kennelpak for a packaging waste offence, paid over £70,000 shared between the Erewash Canal Preservation Association and the county’s Wildlife Trust for the Attenborough Nature Reserve.
Beth Haste Regulatory Officer with the Environment Agency, commented: “While we have the option to prosecute companies which fail to meet their obligations to the environment, ‘Enforcement Undertakings’ are an excellent alternative which result in positive benefits to the environment and communities.
“To have put £2 million into environmental projects during the last 9 years is a real achievement.”
Environmental projects funded by fines