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Hampshire Based Nationwide Company Fined For Operating Illegally At Wiltshire Farm

Updated: 5 days ago

Waste management company, Cleansing Services Group Ltd, were fined last week more than £60,000 after treating sewage without a permit, despite knowing they were acting illegally. Based in Fareham in Hampshire, they operate throughout the UK. Their appearance at Bristol Magistrates Court for sentencing on the charge of failing to comply with an exemption for the storage of sewage sludge, was brought by the Environment Agency. They were fined £62,127 and ordered to pay £9,827.15 in costs and a £180 statutory surcharge. The company had pleaded guilty to charges at an earlier hearing.

In a written submission, the company accepted that no permit was in place for the site in Longbridge Deverill near Warminister in Wiltshire, for the screening and removal of debris before storage and later injection of the sludge into the land, which the company described as an "oversight". The company had previously queried and applied for a judicial review in relation to this permit to their need for this, and in February 2019, it was concluded that "the screening process carried out by the claimant to remove debris from the sludge is unquestionably a form of treatment" and it was not particularly burdensome to arrange for the screening of debris in sludge at an appropriately permitted treatment facility. Stephanie Marriott, from the Environmental Agency said after the court hearing: "As a large company that had gone to the trouble of applying for a judicial review knew full well they were acting illegally at this farm. As a regulator, the Environment Agency, will not hesitate to pursue companies that fail to meet their obligations to the environment."

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