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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

Serena Williams shakes off Rebecca Peterson in Miami opener

first_imgThat gave Peterson the opportunity to go after a break and it arrived immediately, with Williams wearing a bemused grin as the underdog repeatedly defied her and broke again before securing the set.Williams repeatedly bellowed for the Miami crowd to back her at the start of the third, yet she required a Peterson double-fault to belatedly reclaim the lead.Back in control, it was smooth sailing from there as Williams set up a meeting with Wang. Serena Williams came through her opener unscathed at the Miami Open as she defeated Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 on Friday.The 23-time grand slam champion retired from her clash with Garbine Muguruza at Indian Wells last week with an illness, but she was fit to take on Peterson at Hard Rock Stadium. Williams made a shaky start and was worked hard by the Swede, seeing her form desert her entirely in a punishing second set.But the home favorite recovered her composure to power past Peterson in the third and set up a third-round clash against Qiang Wang.Perfect play at the net, @serenawilliams!#MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/uld98rxlzd— WTA (@WTA) March 22, 2019A series of early errors saw Williams collapse from 40-0 to lose her first service game with a backhand into the net, but a similarly scrappy second game brought the 10th seed level.The match settled from that point, yet a blazing return at the net handed Williams two break points and the second was seized as she backed Peterson into a corner.A subsequent hold to love saw the favorite take the opener, although Peterson managed to stay with Williams early in the second and produced one particularly gutsy hold at 1-1.last_img read more