An Environment Agency (EA) investigation into a recycling company which prompted a raid on its premises more than 18 months ago is said to have been delayed by legal challenges in the civil courts.
EA officials went to Churngold Recycling in Bristol in September 2102 in what the agency then said was the “biggest ever hazardous waste raid conducted in the UK”.
Investigators and police visited several sites suspected of illegal treatment, dumping and trading of hazardous waste including heavy metals and asbestos.
Local MP Charlotte Leslie has submitted a written question at Westminster asking “the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the EA expects to conclude its investigation into Churngold Recycling.“
Resource minister Dan Rogerson’s formal reply was: “This is a complex investigation that the EA is working hard to complete. Legal challenges to the investigation in the civil courts have caused delays.
“Once the investigation is complete and the matter has been legally reviewed, the EA will decide on any appropriate enforcement.”
The civil action referred to by Rogerson is understood to relate to challenges from the company about the legality of the EA operation and to retrieve seized documents.
At the time of the 2012 raid, Churngold Recycling said that it had been involved in a technical dispute with the EA.
“We regard the actions taken by the EA over the last few days as astonishing and will be defending our position and reputation extremely robustly,” it said.