Protecting the environment

Today the government announced new laws which give regulators the scope to hit polluters with unlimited fines and broaden their powers to target a wider range of offences, tackling pollution and protecting nature for future generations.
  • Our natural environment is precious, but a £250,000 cap on fines for polluters and the small range of offences where regulators are allowed to make fines has forced environment agencies to go through lengthy and complex court proceedings to hold bad operators to account.
  • That is why the government is scrapping the cap on the penalties for polluters levied by the Environment Agency and Natural England and significantly broadening their scope to target a much wider range of offences – from breaches of storm overflow permits to the reckless disposal of hazardous waste.
  • This action will mean polluters are held to account and builds on the action being taken right across government to stand up for our environment – tackling pollution and protecting nature so everyone can enjoy it for years to come.


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