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Operator compensates site owner over hazardous waste

An operator who kept clinical waste and asbestos roofing on a site not permitted for hazardous waste has been ordered to pay £24,000 in fines, compensation and costs after an Environment Agency (EA) prosecution.

The case against Martin Salmon of Western Boulevard, Nottingham, began in January 2013 when he was found to have deposited hazardous material at the site on Poulton Drive, Nottingham.

Salmon agreed to remove the waste by March 2013 but immediately stopped trading and abandoned the site, which was subsequently cleared by the landowner at a cost of more than £50,000.

EA officers made repeated unsuccessful attempts to contact Salmon, and he failed to notify the agency of his change of address as required by his permit.

He failed to appear in court for the first hearing in June 2015 and was arrested in August.

Salmon pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates Court and was fined £2,000 for depositing hazardous waste without an appropriate environmental permit.

He ordered to pay compensation to the landowner of £20,000, a contribution to EA legal costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £120.

Speaking after the case, an EA officer involved in the investigation said: “Salmon was not authorised to deposit hazardous waste, and this was a particular concern as the site was in close proximity to the river Trent which could have caused environmental damage.”

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