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ELV operation and its director fined £50,000

An End of Life Vehicle (ELV) treatment facility and its director have been ordered to pay £50,000 in fines and costs for a string of offences.

Tottenham-based Redcorn and company director Steven Alan Thompson were handed the punishment for a number of breaches that included operating while their waste management licence was suspended and for failing to comply with the licence in a manner which could have caused pollution.

After all parties pleaded guilty at Haringey Magistrates Court, Thompson was ordered to pay a total of £24,000 for four offences while Redcorn was fined £22,000 for three offences with costs of £4,000 being shared.

Investigating officer Iain Regan said: Scrap motor vehicles, which we call ELVs are classified as hazardous waste because of the risks they pose to human health and the environment. The ELV regulations came into force in 2003 to ensure that waste motor vehicles are treated in an environmentally safe manner.

After the regulations came in, we drew up a plan of improvements to help operators bring their sites into compliance. In this case, unlike the majority of operators in the area, they ignored our advice and put the environment at risk.

The court heard that after persistent licence breaches, two Environment Agency (EA) officers visited Thompson on 29 April 2005, issuing a compliance notice which required the company to take specified steps.

While he assured the officers that these would be taken within six weeks, a further visit on 1 July 2005 found that they still hadnt been taken.

Serious non-compliances were found such as fluids leaking to the ground in an area without an impermeable surface and there were several defects in the sealed drainage system.

An accumulation of oil and water was also leaking through the boundary wall and polluting an adjacent property, which led the EA to issue a suspension notice.

However, the site continued to operate illegally until 5 July 2005 and only then did the necessary improvements begin.

Regan added: By failing to comply with the requirements of its waste management licence, operating while its licence was suspended, conducting its business in a manner which could have caused pollution and subsequently ignoring our advice, this company has found itself hauled before the courts and rightly handed a heavy fine.

 

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