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Record fine for polluting waste contractor

A waste operator in Scotland has been fined £200,000 for pollution and other offences with the penalties described by the environment authorities as a record for the country.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was commenting after Doonin Plant Ltd was handed the fines at Livingston Sheriff Court, havving been convicted at an earlier hearing.

As well as the fines, sentencing of director Gary Doonin was deferred for a year with a warning that further offences during that time could mean prison.

In September, the company and Doonin were found guilty of keeping hundreds of tonnes of controlled waste at a former in a manner likely to cause pollution. They were also found guilty of keeping controlled waste without a waste management licence.

The court that previous sentences included a £90,000 fine in 2010 for waste offences.

Craig Harris, head of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service Wildlife and Environmental Crime Unit said Doonin Plant Ltd and Doonin himself had carried out activities with “a total disregard for the environment - and not for the first time”.

“The conviction was the result of a lengthy investigation by SEPA and prosecution by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. The severity of the crimes against the environment was marked by this case being prosecuted before a jury and [the] outcome.

“Today’s judgment will send out a strong warning to any other unscrupulous businesses who conduct themselves in this illegal manner”.

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