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Latest EA prosecution penalties total £80,000

A man who operated an illegal waste site in Walsall must pay more than £70,000 in costs and a confiscation order in a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency (EA).

Stephen Wayne Morgan pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to operating a waste storage and treatment facility without an environmental permit.

He must pay £54,415.33 under a confiscation order to deprive him of the criminal benefit from the illegal operation, £17,000 in prosecution costs, a £60 victim surcharge and complete 250 hours of unpaid work.

Morgan in 2015 operated the site as Aldridge Aggregates & Recycling, which contained thousands of tonnes of waste including from construction and demolition, wood and soils.

The EA said the site was a nuisance to residents, who complained about dust and noise, but operations continued despite Morgan being told they were illegal.

In a separate case, Roger Baker has been ordered to pay more than £6,650 for illegally disposing of thousands of tonnes of waste on farmland near Exeter.

The EA said he imported 7,514 tonnes of inert waste under the guise of drainage works, far exceeding the 1,000 tonnes permitted under an EA waste exemption.

Agency official Richard Tugwell said: “This was a serious abuse of a U1 waste exemption, which had a significant impact on the Devon landscape. People who use waste exemptions must ensure they comply with them and obtain appropriate planning permission.”

 

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