A director of a biofuel business that illegally stored mixed waste at a north Wales site has been handed a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years
Lancashire Fuels 4 U was prosecuted by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) after the firm ignored warnings about the unlicensed use of a site at Saltney, Flintshire.
Directors Paul Baison and Peter Ogg had intended to produce biofuel pellets and briquettes from waste wood at the site, but they did not have an environmental permit.
NRW prosecuted the pair after warnings to scale down operations and apply for a permit were ignored, and mixed waste was illegally imported and dealt with in a way that was potentially unhealthy and polluting.
Both men denied charges of operating a waste facility without a permit and storing waste in a manner likely to cause harm to human health and pollution to the environment.
Ogg was found guilty of both charges after a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court. Baison became ill during the trial and jurors were discharged from reaching a verdict in his case.
Ogg was subsequently sentenced to 12 months in custody, suspended for 21 months. He was also disqualified from being a company director for seven years.
Tim Jones, NRW executive director for North and Mid Wales, said Ogg and his company had placed the health of local people at risk and increased the likelihood of environmental pollution.
“Ogg was told the company required a permit to carry out the proposed activities on site and it could operate on a limited scale as long as it adhered to the strict conditions regarding the type of waste stored on the site,” he said.
“Ogg chose to ignore this advice and imported mixed waste illegally for significant financial benefit.”