Car emissions cheats face £50k fine per vehicle in new crackdown

The new rules will be laid in Parliament before coming into force on 1st July 2018

SSE pays £1m for sending ‘misleading’ statements to customers

The Big Six supplier sent inaccurate information on the alternative cheaper tariff available to some prepayment customers

Russian energy giant Gazprom dodges EU fine in competition probe

The European Commission has instead imposed a set of legally binding obligations

Severn Trent fined £350k for hazardous chemical leak

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

United Utilities fined £3,500 for highway safety breach

A water supplier has been ordered to pay £6,500, including costs, for breaching highway safety precautions in Cheshire. United Utilities Water pleaded guility for failing to ensure its works were adequately safeguarded, causing pedestrians to use a busy highway with passing traffic, to manoeuvre around the works. A street works inspector from Cheshire East Council […]

Ireland could face €1.68m fine over wind farm

Ireland is being taken back to the EU Court of Justice for not properly carrying out an environmental impact assessment for a wind farm. The European Commission is also requesting the Court to impose a minimum lump sum payment of €1.68 million (£1.47m) and a daily penalty of €12,264 (€10,738) if full compliance is not […]

Litter louts and dog foulers in Bristol face £75 fine

  People caught dropping litter, including chewing gum, cigarette butts and spitting, or leaving dog mess behind in Bristol could face on-the-spot fines of up to £75. The city council will introduce the tougher enforcement measure on 6th November, which includes fines for people who deface property with graffiti. It will run an initial pilot […]

VW’s truck firm fined €880m over alleged price collusion, emission costs

Swedish truck giant Scania, owned by Volkswagen, has been fined €880 million (£775m) for allegedly colluding with five other truckmakers over prices and emissions costs. The European Commission ruled the company colluded with other manufacturers on truck pricing and passing on the costs of new technologies to meet stricter emission rules for 14 years. The […]

Sunderland firm fined £14k for illegal waste

A Sunderland-based company has been ordered to pay £14,700 for breaking environmental laws. Thompson Waste, which runs a waste transfer station at The Parade in Hendon, pleaded guilty to the illegal dumping of 585 tonnes of waste in a disused factory warehouse. It cost the landlords of the site at Lisburn Terrace, Pallion, more than […]

United Utilities fined £666k for raw sewage pollution

United Utilities has been ordered to pay £666,000 for polluting a river with untreated sewage effluent in Greater Manchester. The Environment Agency took the prosecution against the water company after sewage polluted the River Medlock, which had a significant impact on fish population and water quality over four kilometres. A member of the public initially […]