The Environment Agency (EA) has revoked the operating licence of a scrap metal yard in County Durham after a series of breaches of environmental laws.
This means Robby’s Auto Dismantling in Stanley will no longer be permitted to accept and treat waste metals from 15 July, and must clear all waste from the site and dispose of it legally by 31 July.
The permit was in the name of its former company director, Robert Wright, even though he retired in 2006 and the business was run solely by his son Ian from 2013 onwards.
It is a legal requirement for the permit to be in the name of the person who has control over the facility, and sites are required to employ an industry qualified, technically competent manager.
EA officials repeatedly advised Ian and Robert Wright of the legal requirement to transfer the permit to Ian but no application was received by the agency.
The EA said: “We have revoked the environmental permit for Robby’s Autos to protect the environment and ensure a level playing field for legitimate businesses. It is clear that the permit holder is not 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.”