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 […]

South West Water fined £142,000 for pollution

South West Water has been ordered to pay more than £142,000 in fines and costs for two pollution incidents. According to the Environment Agency, poor quality effluent was discharged from two of its sewage treatment plants in Denbury, Devon and Praze an Beeble near Camborne, Cornwall. It added both sites breached the conditions of their […]

UK firms with poor cybersecurity measures could face £17m fine

Organisations that fail to implement “effective” cybersecurity measures could be fined as much as £17 million or 4% of global turnover. The warning from the UK Government comes as it aims to ensure essential services like energy, water, transport, health and digital infrastructure firms are prepared to deal with the increasing number of cyber threats. […]

Thames Water fined £8.5m for failing to stop leaks

Thames Water faces a maximum penalty of £8.55 million for failing to stop leaking pipes. Water regulator Ofwat said the failure to meet the leakage commitments is “unacceptable”. Leaks from Thames Water’s network rose by 5% in the last year. The missed leakage reduction target of 47 million litres per day – which represents 1.8% […]

South West Water fined £86k for Devon sewage spill

South West Water has been ordered to pay £86,000 in fines and costs for a sewage spill in Devon. According to the Environment Agency, sewage was discharged into Dawlish Water, a stream that runs through the centre of town, over a bank holiday weekend in August 2015. It states an alarm was triggered at 8.15am […]