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UKELA Welcomes New Sentencing Guidelines

Jul 02, 2014

Further information
Linda Farrow

The UK Environmental Law Association has welcomed the Sentencing Council’s new Guideline on Environmental Offences that came into force on 1 July.

“UKELA was pleased to offer advice on the drafting of this new guideline. It allows courts to reach consistent judgements that reflect the pollution risk and actual harm that affect our air, land and water,” commented Jill Crawford, of UKELA’s Environmental Litigation Working Party. She added: “For the largest organisations and the most significant environmental crimes, unlimited fines and custodial sentences of up to five years may be awarded. This provides a very real incentive to those who take their obligations seriously to make sure their risk management and corporate culture respect the environment.”

Angus Evers, of UKELA’s Waste Working Party, speaking on BBC Radio Kent on Tuesday morning, welcomed the initiative: “This new guideline should make a real difference in tailoring penalties to the severity of waste offences. However, it still may not deter the really determined fly-tippers. The public can play its part by checking that anyone they ask to dispose of waste on their behalf is licensed by the Environment Agency.”

For more information on UKELA’s work and the benefits of becoming a member, or for further comment from our network of environmental specialists, please visit www.ukela.org or contact Linda Farrow (linda@ukela.org).


Notes to the editors:

Notes to Editors:

The full radio broadcast is available until 8 July 2014 on the BBC website. UKELA’s contribution runs from ca. 1.06 to 1.12 of the broadcast period:


The Environment Agency is the body responsible for licensing waste management operations in England. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Natural Resources Wales and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency carry out the equivalent role in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively.

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