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Landowner ordered to clear illegal dump

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A company director who dumped waste illegally on land near Pontefract has been ordered to clear up the mess within 12 months.

Peter Adams from Castleford, Yorkshire was prosecuted by the Environment Agency (EA) after he dumped around 300 tonnes of mixed household and excavation waste on his land near Fairy Hill Lane (pictured).

He was the sole director of a house clearance business, Broadleigh Property Services Ltd, which dumped waste at the site without environmental permits.

The EA wrote to Adams after spotting the illegal waste in December 2014 but the materials were still there a month after the February 2015 deadline. The EA then served him with a legal notice requiring the site to be cleared by June 2015 but that deadline also passed.

Adams pleaded guilty to three environmental offences at Wakefield magistrates on 22 March and was ordered to pay £1,600 in legal costs.

The court was told that Adams would clear the waste once he and his wife had sold their home. He said he had been naive about environmental regulations, adding that his house clearance business had been reliant upon one instructing firm that had gone bankrupt, owing him £12,000.

A spokesperson for the EA said after the hearing: “Today’s sentence is a good outcome for the environment because the court order will force the defendant to clear the illegal waste from the land.

“Illegal waste operations can have a detrimental impact on the environment and local communities, and those activities that avoid regulatory controls often do not include the appropriate infrastructure required to protect the environment.”

Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of operated a regulated facility otherwise than in accordance with or to the extent authorised by an environmental permit. Contrary to Regulations 12(1)(a) and 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 and s.2 & Sch 1 of the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999.

He also pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a notice served under s.59(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 without reasonable excuse. Contrary to s.59(5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

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