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Landfill

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) complaints were made, (b) prosecutions were brought and (c) fines were levied against landfill site operators in each region for offences related to (i) odour, (ii) water pollution, (iii) air pollution and (iv) effect on human health in each year since 1997. (286362)

Following is a table from the Environment Agency (EA) showing the number of (a) complaints made, (b) court cases brought, and (c) fines levied against landfill operators in each region for offences related to (i) odour, (ii) water pollution and (iii) air pollution in each year since 2001. The data provided show that from 2001 only as this is when the EA's National Incident Recording System came on line. Interrogating systems which hold information prior to 2001 would incur disproportionate cost.

The EA does not hold specific data relating to the effect of such offences on human health, but it is taken into account when determining the nature of the incident.

Number of incidents

Total number related to landfills

Air pollution—odour related

Air pollution—not odour related

Water pollution

Number of court cases

Total fines (£)

2001

Anglian

60

28

19

3

3

20,000

Midlands

71

48

14

5

3

3,000

North East

96

35

25

6

0

0

North West

762

332

378

9

2

13,000

Southern

75

42

26

7

6

38,000

South West

33

10

15

6

0

0

Thames

31

18

13

3

0

0

EA Wales

101

46

56

3

5

16,000

2002

Anglian

77

40

23

5

3

75,000

Midlands

124

51

27

10

1

1,250

North East

116

45

14

14

0

0

North West

445

369

82

10

3

31,000

Southern

75

50

16

4

1

8,500

South West

36

8

12

6

2

4,500

Thames

56

19

22

8

0

0

EA Wales

92

43

24

12

2

9,500

2003

Anglian

54

31

20

3

1

15,000

Midlands

104

57

28

5

5

12,500

North East

94

43

16

8

2

5,500

North West

155

93

45

6

3

12,000

Southern

58

45

20

5

1

6,000

South West

25

2

3

5

0

0

Thames

51

27

20

2

0

0

EA Wales

49

22

13

4

2

12,000

2004

Anglian

85

34

26

2

0

0

Midlands

103

40

42

10

5

42,000

North East

121

40

35

13

1

2,000

North West

109

64

47

4

2

20,000

Southern

62

45

9

2

1

30,000

South West

45

18

9

9

4

17,000

Thames

67

48

36

1

1

10,000

EA Wales

41

21

13

7

1

250

2005

Anglian

76

44

20

3

0

0

Midlands

57

20

26

10

2

42,000

North East

93

46

32

4

3

2,000

North West

78

51

22

5

2

8,000

Southern

28

19

16

1

1

10,000

South West

22

15

6

1

0

0

Thames

42

32

27

3

0

0

EA Wales

50

25

16

11

3

12,500

2006

Anglian

73

47

20

4

2

47,500

Midlands

43

12

18

7

1

4,000

North East

41

13

9

3

4

28,800

North West

41

23

14

0

0

0

Southern

13

5

4

0

4

12,500

South West

45

15

8

9

1

35,000

Thames

37

13

6

7

1

0

EA Wales

53

29

16

9

3

6,000

2007

Anglian

60

32

13

8

11

41,000

Midlands

51

24

21

8

0

0

North East

72

28

25

5

3

22,000

North West

28

18

10

4

0

0

Southern

33

30

15

2

0

0

South West

63

37

31

4

3

42,000

Thames

36

18

14

5

9

38,249

EA Wales

84

52

44

6

2

15,500

2008

Anglian

51

32

8

4

2

13,000

Midlands

51

24

18

5

1

16,000

North East

117

73

46

8

4

4,000

North West

17

10

6

2

0

0

Southern

66

27

13

4

2

7,400

South West

41

34

17

4

5

92,875

Thames

39

31

12

3

1

20,000

EA Wales

153

131

67

5

0

0