Severn Trent fined £350k for hazardous chemical leak

The incident in November 2015 killed an estimated 30,000 fish

New waste crime powers for Environment Agency

Officers will be equipped with body video cameras on their visits to waste sites following a growing number of abusive incidents during inspections

Anglian Water pays £50,000 for polluting watercourse

The company is donating the money to environmental charity Wildlife Trust in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Environment Agency: Water pollution penalties must be tougher

The Environment Agency has called for tougher penalties to be introduced for those guilty of water pollution. Although the number of serious incidents has fallen by almost two-thirds since 2001, more than 300 damaging leaks still occurred across the UK in 2016. The organisation says agriculture is the sector most responsible for water pollution and […]

Environment Agency: Climate change increasing UK flooding risks

Intense flooding will become more frequent in the UK as a consequence of climate change. The warning from the Environment Agency’ (EA) follows a pattern of severe flooding over the past 10 years, “linked to an increase in extreme weather events as the nation’s climate changes”. It adds as intense storms are becoming more frequent, […]

UK regulators approve new nuclear reactor design

A new design for a nuclear reactor has been approved by regulators in the UK. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency and Natural Resource Wales, confirmed the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) designed by Hitachi-GE is suitable for construction. They are satisfied the reactor meets regulatory expectations on safety, security […]

Environment Agency ploughs towards ending farm pollution

The Environment Agency is working to reduce pollution from agriculture across Wessex. It is working with more than 10 partners, including the National Farmer’s Union and the Country Land and Business Association, to reduce the impact of farms in the region upon rivers, lakes, ditches and groundwater. The group aims to avoid the negative side […]

Environment Agency consults on business charges

The Environment Agency (EA) has launched a public consultation on the cost of its permits and business charges. The proposed changes will mean businesses pay for the full services they use rather than be subsidied through public funds, which the Agency believes is more financially sustainable that will lead to long term environmental improvements. The […]

Heathrow coach firm pays £33k after river pollution

A Heathrow coach firm has been ordered to pay a total of £33,000 after polluting a river with sewage waste. Symphony Chauffeurs Ltd has been hit with £21,000 fines and £12,000 in costs after it emptied toilets on its luxury vehicles into public drains, which subsequently ended up in west London’s Crane River. This broke environmental […]

Yorkshire Water fined £45k for raw sewage pollution

Yorkshire Water has been fined £45,000 after pleading guilty for polluting a watercourse with raw sewage. The incident took place in April 2014 in Doncaster, which led to the deaths of several hundred fish, according to the Environment Agency. Raw sewage was discharged from the water firm’s pumping station at Sandy Lane, Belle View, into […]