St Regis has decided to appeal against its conviction of misleading the Environment Agency (EA) and falsifying records following high effluent quality results from its Higher Kings Mill, Cullompton.
The case was due to be heard for sentencing on 16 April after the EA decided to make a Proceeds of Crime Application. Because St Regis has taken the case to the Court of Appeal, sentencing has now been pushed back
An EA spokesperson said: “No new date has been set yet, as the case cannot continue while St Regis seeks to appeal the decision.”
St Regis was found guilty in October last year at Exeter Crown Court of misleading the EA when records showed effluent quality was close to its permitted levels. When an EA officer asked to see the company’s daily environmental record sheets he noticed one had been altered from a value in excess of the daily limit (100mg/l) to just under the permitted amount (60mg/l).
Technical manager Christopher Steer was found guilty of manipulating recordings of the quality of effluent to make them look better than they were.