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Pollution incidents

Pollution incidents

If your business causes pollution, whether it be to land, air or water, it is highly likely that the incident will be investigated by the Environment Agency in England or natural Resources Wales in Wales, which could lead to prosecution. The courts can impose significant fines against both businesses and company officers, and together with the adverse publicity that can follow, these prosecutions can be very damaging.

Our team of specialist lawyers can advise on all aspects of pollution incidents and as well legislation which forms part of the statutory regime such as those affecting water and drainage..

We can assist you throughout the whole process, from the incident and investigation by the regulator, through to any subsequent cautioned interview and court proceedings.

Our team has significant water industry experience, having advised on:

  • Pollution incidents of varying severity (including those causing extensive fish kill)
  • Abstraction
  • Impoundment
  • Waste water treatment works (WWTWs) and sludge treatment works
  • Permitting and appeals
  • Statutory nuisance
  • Carbon reduction
  • Trading and renewables incentives
  • Groundwater pollution offences due to landfill leachate
  • Contaminate land
  • Emissions, including dust and smell