A man and a woman from the North West have been charged with 26 environmental offences, including storing and disposing of hazardous waste.
The two people have been charged and bailed to appear before Leyland Magistrates Court on Thursday 27 January. Five other men, also from the North of England remain on police bail pending further inquiries.
The Environment Agency (EA) has named the investigation Operation Pandora. Its co-ordinator Brian Hopkins, an officer from the EA’s National Environmental Crime Team, said: “These charges are the result of an on-going, complex and nationwide investigation into the alleged illegal storage and disposal of hazardous waste across Lancashire, Shropshire and the North East.
“The disposal of hazardous waste is strictly regulated to protect communities and the environment. We will always seek to prosecute serious breaches that pose a real risk to people, habitats and wildlife and undermine legitimate businesses which do the right thing.”