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Landfill: Pollution

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what value of fines has been issued by courts following successful prosecutions for release of pollution from landfill sites in each year since 2000; how many offences were identified in each year; and what the (a) highest, (b) average and (c) lowest fine was in each year; (137653)

(2) what the total was of fines issued by courts following successful prosecutions for release of pollution from landfill sites in each year since 2000; how many offences were recorded in each year; and what the (a) highest, (b) average and (c) lowest fine was in each year.

The information requested is set out in the following table. The fines listed are in respect of offences committed under the Water Resources Act s.85 (1), the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990, s.33 (6) and the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Regulations, reg. 32 (1) (b). The water offences relate directly to the release of pollutants. With regard to the EPA and PPC offences, the database is not sufficiently refined to pinpoint whether the specific instances relate to release of pollution or to some other violation of the conditions of a licence or permit. The figures provided therefore include, but are not limited to release of pollution.

Prosecution of landfill sites

Count

Total (£)

High (£)

Low (£)

Average (£)

2000

7

58,000

35,000

1,000

8,286

2001

7

29,750

16,000

1,750

4,250

2002

6

57,000

17,000

5,000

9,500

2003

4

7,000

6,000

1,000

1,750

2004

7

110,500

33,500

3,000

15,786

2005

3

49,500

42,000

2,500

16,500

2006

3

42,000

25,000

2,000

14,000

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) complaints, (b) court actions and (c) fines there were against landfill sites for problems related to (i) odours, (ii) water pollution, (iii) air pollution and (iv) human health impact (1) in England and (2) in each region of England in each year since 2001-02, what the locations were of the sites against which each fine was levied; and what the level of fine was in each case. (137873)

As it is quite lengthy, I am arranging for copies of the information requested to be placed in the House Library.