The High Court has dismissed the Environment Agency’s (EA) case against a waste disposal company it said had failed to remove combustible waste.
The EA brought the action against Waste4Fuel, former managing director Bryan Hughes, managing director Shelley Hurst and site manager Jonathan Beckson, saying they had failed to observe an earlier court order to reduce the amount of waste, remove combustible material and install a 24-hour presence following 12 fires in a year at the site in Orpington, Kent.
After the case was thrown out, the EA said in a statement: “We are assessing our options with regards to the terms of the final order to see whether further proceedings should be brought for a breach of its terms.
“We will continue to do everything within our power to bring the site back into compliance.”
In a statement to the BBC, Waste4Fuel’s Hurst said that the company was in “fragile position financially” and complained the company was unable to accept further waste in a bid to generate enough money to clear the site.
Hurst said: “Without a cash injection, or agreement from the EA to allow the company to generate further income, we simply cannot afford to make substantial disposals.”
Subsquently, on 9 July, the EA said it had served an enforcement notice on Waste4Fuel to stop any further waste being brought into the site. “This means any person depositing waste at the site in Orpington, Kent will be committing an offence and liable to face action,’ it said.
- Photo from BBC News TV report
Article updated 14 July to include EA enforcement notice