A Teesside man must pay fines and costs of almost £6,000 for breaching an environmental permit and failing to comply with an enforcement notice.
Fazel Hussain, of Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees, pleaded guilty to both offences at Teesside Magistrates’ Court. He was fined £800, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £5,000.
He was charged with breaching his permit for M&M Autos at Snowdon Road in Middlesbrough, and failing to comply with an enforcement notice to make improvements.
Environment Agency officers saw a damaged concrete surface and no containment bund, meaning any fluids from end of life vehicles would run from the site on to the road outside.
There was no drainage system, and batteries and waste oil were being stored inappropriately.
EA enforcement team leader for the north east Paul Whitehill said: “It’s important those processing scrap vehicles abide by the permit conditions to ensure oil and other harmful substances don’t enter into the ground, impacting on the environment, and includes the need for specific storage and disposal of fluids.”