Illegal Spanish opencast mine fined €170m

Spanish court hands down Europe’s largest ever penalty for an environmental offence

A fine of €170m has been imposed on Spain’s largest private mining company for operating an opencast coal mine for 11 years without environmental or planning permission. The fine is by far the largest ever imposed in Europe for an environmental offence, ENDS believes.

The Spanish penalty was set by the municipality of Villablino in accordance with statutes of the regional administration of Castilla and León stating that "the penalty cannot be less than the profit obtained by the company during the period of illegal operation".

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