More Agency Prosecutions As Permits Are Breached

There have been several new prosecutions made by the Environment Agency in the last fortnight for breaches of environmental permit, the illegal storage of waste and watercourse pollution.

Stow Skips Fined And Director Disqualified

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The Chipping Camden site

Nicolas Scarsbrook, director of Stow Skips Limited, has been disqualified from acting as a company director for five years and ordered to pay £35,000 compensation to the landowner and carry out 250 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to 1 charge of failing to store waste in accordance with the environmental permit held for Westington Quarry in Chipping Campden, and 2 charges of operating a waste operation without the necessary permit. The company, Stow Skips Limited was fined £20,000.

Stow Skip Ltd was granted an environmental permit to operate a household, commercial and industrial waste management facility at its site in Chipping Campden. The landowner received concerning reports regarding the condition of the site. He took back possession of the site and instructed a land agent to enforce the eviction of the company. Upon their initial inspection the land agent found large piles of wood and inert waste stored on the ground outside the main building, along with piles of asbestos, baled waste, loose tyres and 13 intermediate bulk containers containing hazardous liquid waste being stored outside the permitted area.

Following the repossession of the Westington Quarry site Environment Agency officers also found 18 skips full of mixed waste at another site, some including metal containers with a fuel odour, soils and insulation materials. The site, an old builders yard, was being operated without the necessary environmental permit.

Noble Waste Treatment Permit Revoked

Noble Waste Treatment Ltd has had its environmental permit revoked, meaning it can no longer operate its waste transfer facility in Wakefield, and no more waste can be accepted at the site.

The company has a history of failing to comply with the conditions of its environmental permit, the Environment Agency said, and past problems at this site include the storage of excessive waste for prolonged periods, the storage of waste in a manner that poses a fire risk, and the storage of waste on land outside the permitted area.

Noble Waste Treatment has until 22 September to remove waste from the permitted area of the site. If it does not comply, the firm may face the prospect of further legal action.

Poor Management At AD Plant Leads To Pollution

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The overflowing tank at the AD plant site

Poor site management at an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant operated by Trinity Hall Biogas Ltd in Hockliffe, Bedfordshire, led to 3km of watercourses being polluted and the company fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £10,423.79 in Environment Agency costs.

The court heard that as a result of overflows from the plant in December 2013 and again the following April, water quality was chronically affected in the stream from the farm near Hockliffe to the Ouzel Brook approximately 3km downstream.

Ms Wendy Foster, prosecuting for the Agency, said that Scott had reported an overflow of effluent from a storage container at Trinity Hall Farm between Hockliffe and Dunstable. It had flowed into a nearby ditch which eventually ran into the Ouzel Brook.

The storage container held liquid which had leached from a maize heap stored as bio-fuel for an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant. The tank had not been checked and had overflowed. Foster said bags of wrapped bio-fuel, owned by the company, were stored on a field in rows, the ends of which were within 10m of the ditch where the effluent had been found. This is a breach of silage regulations.

 

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