Yorkshire Water fined £150,000 for sewage leaks

The company pleaded guilty to two charges at an earlier hearing and in response to the incident, Yorkshire Water placed aeration equipment in the Mother Drain

Man jailed for illegally dumping and burning waste in Northumberland

Dominic Allen, 25, from Old Swarland, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison, ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and given 18 months to clear the site

EU fines BMW and VW Group €875m for colluding with Daimler on clean emissions technology

Daimler received full immunity and was not fined for revealing the existence of the cartel to the Commission

Thames Water fined £4m after ‘catastrophic’ sewage spill

Around 79m litres of untreated sewage sludge escaped across an area of around 6,500 square metres – it took 30 people a day for almost a month to clean up the sludge, which was said to be ankle deep in places

Energy efficiency: New £2m fund for local authorities to clamp down on unjust landlords

Local authorities across England and Wales can bid for up to £100,000 to enforce the current regulations for privately rented homes to have a minimum energy performance certificate of Band E

National Grid Gas fined £4m for handing over incomplete records

The Health and Safety Executive found records on 769 buildings were missing, which meant gas risershad not been subject to condition surveys, inspection or routine maintenance for a number of years

Portland Scrap Metal fined £15k for illegally storing waste vehicles

The court heard the company kept waste vehicles on site despite its environmental permit not allowing it to store, keep or treat those vehicles

New EU rules on cleaner and safer cars come into effect

The rules include rigorous checking of manufacturers’ ongoing compliance with EU law for cars on the market and new models, including their emissions limits

OVO Energy to pay £8.9m for overcharging customers

The supplier has accepted the failings in its IT systems and compliance processes over five years resulted in too many customers receiving inaccurate or incomplete information

Sunderland man fined £12k for illegal waste operation

Clifford Shee, aged 55, was prosecuted by the Environment Agency for operating outside the requirements of three exempt waste activities