The director of a waste company has been jailed for six months for the illegal operation of a site in Scunthorpe.
Nessa Thompson, of Thompson Waste Recycling, was sentenced at Hull Crown Court after admitting two offences. She was also disqualified from being a director for seven years.
Thompson’s then company held a permit for the site at Winterton Road until it went into administration and was liquidated. The court was told that waste continued to be stored in large quantities, presented human health and fire risks.
During a fire in May 2014, firefighters were advised not to reuse the fire water because of a risk of waterborne diseases linked to the number of rats on-site.
Thompson was given credit by the judge for admitting both offences. The court also heard that her partner was in poor health and that they were both suffering from significant financial hardship.
The judge said there had been a deliberate flouting of environmental regulations and attempts to conceal the illegal activity.
Thompson had previous convictions for breaches of environmental legislation, which amounted to a significant aggravating feature.
After the case, an Environment Agency officer involved with the investigation said: “This site posed a risk to property, the local environment and people’s health because our advice was ignored.”