German environmental crime rate still falling

The number of environmental crimes in Germany is continuing to decline, the latest annual survey shows. Released by the German environment agency, the survey records 33,400 offences in 2002, down 30% on a high point reached in 1998 and 11% on 2001 (EED 06/12/02). Unauthorised waste disposal continued to be the most common offence, accounting for over half of all cases. The agency said it remained unclear what were the most important drivers for the fall in recorded offences. See press release.

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