A jailed business owner from North-East England has had the environmental permit for his scrapyard revoked.
Peter Wallace, who was jailed for drug offences in 2013, originally had his permit for the Barmoor Quarry site in Ryton taken away by the Environment Agency (EA) in June last year following a series of breaches.
Wallace had appealed against the decision but this has now been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate on the grounds that he was no longer in control of the facility.
This decision means that Barmoor Quarry is no longer authorised to accept and treat waste metals and Wallace has until 8 March to clear all waste from the site. If he does not comply, he may face further legal action.
An EA spokesperson said: “It is clear that the permit holder is no longer in a position to ensure compliance with permit conditions.
“It is vital that waste companies comply with the law so that communities and the environment are not put at risk. We work with operators to help them meet their obligations, but where significant or repeated breaches occur, we will take appropriate action to protect the environment.”
Environmental regulations require a site’s permit to be in the name of the person who has overall control of the facility.
In this case, a director Mr Birkett of Ryton Breakers had managed the day to day running of the business since 2008 while Wallace held the permit.
In January 2014, the EA identified eight breaches at the site including oil spillages and vehicles containing brake fluid and oil stored on unprotected land and most were addressed by Birkett.
After further breaches were identified in September 2015, Birkett was advised to transfer the environmental permit to himself but no application was made.