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Air Pollution: Prosecutions

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many organisations have been (a) prosecuted, (b) fined and (c) convicted under environmental legislation for air pollution offences in each year since 2005; what the total cost was of fines imposed for such offences; and if he will make a statement. (290899)

The following table has been produced by the Environment Agency’s National Enforcement Database and shows the number of organisations that have been (a) prosecuted, (b) fined and (c) convicted for air pollution category 1-3 incidents1 since 2005, and the total cost of fines imposed for such offences.

Prosecuted

Convicted

Fined

Total of fines (£)

2005

42

42

41

418,650

2006

62

59

57

475,240

2007

37

34

32

561,796

2008

44

40

38

339,200

20092

23

22

21

509,850

Total

208

197

189

2,304,736

1 Category 1—major, persistent, extensive or serious impact or damage to the environment (air, land and/or water), people and/or property.

Category 2—significant impact or effect on the environment, people and/or property.

Category 3—minor or minimal impact or effect on the environment, people and/or property.

2 To 12 August 2009