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Press release: Environmental charities receive over £2.2 million from businesses which broke environmental laws

first_img United Utilities Water Limited – £232,000 benefitting Mersey Rivers Trust (£90,000) and Community Forest Trust (£142,000) for discharging sewage into a brook Obviously, we would have been happier if these incidents hadn’t occurred at all. However, it’s a good principle that polluters should offer redress for the damage they cause. The money will enable work which will benefit wildlife and wild places, and which otherwise wouldn’t be funded. We hope these payments serve as a reminder to business of its responsibility towards a clean and healthy environment; and also have a deterrent effect as it’s clearly cheaper to do things cleanly, rather than risk creating pollution. Yorkshire Water Services Limited – £200,000 benefitting Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for polluting a river. Ellie Brodie, Senior Policy Manager, The Wildlife Trusts said: Angel Springs Holdings Limited – £24,329 benefitting Marine Conservation Society for not taking reasonable steps to recover and recycle packaging waste. Companies and individuals will make the payments for environmental offences including pollution of rivers or the sea, not meeting permit conditions or not taking reasonable steps to recover packaging waste.A total of 15 charities and projects will benefit from the £2,223,121.54 with the money to be spent by local groups on projects that benefit the environment including cleaning up and enhancing parks, rivers and beaches.The latest list includes the Environment Agency’s largest ever financial contribution of £975,000 offered by Wessex Water Services Limited for an environmental offence involving sewage spills at Swanage in Dorset. The funds will benefit Dorset Waste Partnership (£400,000), Dorset Litter Free Coast and Sea Project (£100,000), Purbeck District Council/Swanage Town Council (£400,000) and Durlston Country Park and Nature Reserve (£75,000).There are another 14 Enforcement Undertakings with payments ranging from £5,000 – £232,000, including: Carlsberg Supply Company UK Limited – £120,000 benefitting the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Northamptonshire (£80,000) and River Nene Regional Park Community Interest Company (£40,000) for polluting a river.center_img When companies damage the environment whether it is through polluting our waters or breaching permit conditions, we will take enforcement action against them including civil sanctions. We take these environmental incidents very seriously and these payments of more than £2.2 million direct to charities will help them carry out vital projects to improve our environment right across England. Tesco Distribution Limited – £100,000 benefitting Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for discharging diesel into a watercourse and ponds. Northumbrian Water Limited – £135,000 benefitting Durham Wildlife Trust (£45,000), Wear Rivers Trust (£45,000), Marine Conservation Society (£45,000) for polluting a stream. As well as making a payment to an appropriate charity or project, these companies have accepted liability, demonstrated restoration of harm and will make improvements to avoid future offences.Peter Kellett Director of Legal Services from the Environment Agency said: Companies or members of the public are urged report pollution to the Environment Agency’s 24/7 hotline on 0800 80 70 60. Environment Agency officers respond to limit damage to the environment and protect people and wildlife.The Environment Agency is increasingly using enforcement undertakings for suitable cases to restore or enhance the environment, improve practices of the offending business and ensure future compliance with environmental requirements. However prosecutions will still be taken, particularly in the most serious cases.The full list of Enforcement Undertakings is now available.last_img read more

Internationals selected for World Team Championships

first_img England Golf is sending strong international line-ups to compete in the World Amateur Team Championships for the Espirito Santo Trophy and the Eisenhower Trophy at Antalya in Turkey next month and in October. Georgia Hall, Charley Hull, and Emily Taylor will play in the women’s Espirito Santo Trophy, while Craig Hinton (Image © Tom Ward), Garrick Porteous and Neil Raymond will compete in the Eisenhower Trophy. The Espirito Santo Trophy is being played at the Gloria Golf Club (Old and New Courses) on 27th – 30th September, while the Eisenhower Trophy will be at the Antalya club (Sultan Course) and at the Cornelia Golf Club on 4th – 7th October. Espirito Santo Trophy players: Georgia Hall, 16, (Remedy Oak, Dorset) is the British girls’ champion and is fourth in the women’s world amateur rankings. She was runner-up in the English women’s amateur in May and a semi-finalist in the British women’s championship. She recently helped England successfully defend the Girls’ Home Internationals. Emily Taylor, 17, (Hillside, Lancashire), is the English girls’ champion, the Irish women’s open stroke champion and the winner of the U18 titles at both the English women’s stroke play – where she was third overall – and the British women’s stroke play, where she was fourth. Charley Hull, 16, (Woburn, Buckinghamshire), was in GB&I’s winning 2012 Curtis Cup team. She has played three professional events this year, finishing in the top 40 in the Kraft Nabisco, a women’s Major; fifth in the Turkish Airline Ladies Open and tied 18th in the ISPS Handa Ladies British Masters. She is eighth in the world amateur rankings. England have never won the Espirito Santo Trophy, although they have been third. They helped GB&I achieve two silver and five bronze medals during the years when the Home Countries fielded a combined team. Eisenhower Trophy players: Craig Hinton, 24, (The Oxfordshire, BB&O), made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals in Ireland. He won this year’s Welsh open stroke play championship, finished joint fourth in the St Andrews Links Trophy and helped England win the European Challenge Trophy in Iceland in July, which ensured a return to the European men’s team championships next year. Garrick Porteous, 22, (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland) back from a spell at college in the United States, also made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals. He was also a member of the victorious team in the European Challenge Trophy where he finished tied third in the individual ranking. Neil Raymond, 26, (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI) has been the English stroke play champion for the past two years after winning the Brabazon Trophy at Burnham & Berrow and at Walton Heath. Capped for the first time in last year’s international against Spain and an England regular since, he won the New South Wales Medal in Australia last winter and was a quarter finalist in the recent English amateur championship. England has not won the Eisenhower Trophy since the Home Countries fielded separate teams in 2002. GB&I won in 1998. 29 Aug 2012 Internationals selected for World Team Championships last_img read more