Clamp-down on Anglo-Welsh polluters

Environment agency urges "zero tolerance" of pollution, higher penalties for offenders

The Anglo-Welsh environment agency today urged companies to show "zero tolerance" for industrial pollution and higher penalties for companies breaching environmental regulations. Average fines for green offences should "match" the much higher penalties imposed under competition law, the agency said.

The agency's call came in its third annual review of business environmental performance. This reveals a cut in overall emissions by regulated businesses in 2000 but also a 23% increase in prosecutions, in part due to an 18% rise in the number of waste and water pollution incidents which topped 36,000.

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