Environmental offences

Environmental offences guidance:

This Practice Note provides an introduction to environmental criminal liability, offences and the different stages of the criminal process from investigation to...

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This Practice Note explains the powers available to deal with anti-social behaviour in an environmental context, in particular those introduced by the Anti-social...

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Statutory nuisance leading to abatement notice A statutory nuisance is an activity which is or is likely to be: • a nuisance, or • prejudicial to health It is the...

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Brexit impact This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For information on how leaving the EU will affect environmental law, see Practice...

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Environmental incidents often happen without warning and with significant consequences. It can be easy in those circumstances to fail to maintain a clear head about...

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In the Crown Court, on application of the prosecutor (or on its own motion if the court thinks it appropriate), the court must consider making a confiscation order...

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Consequences of non-compliance If a requirement in a remediation notice has not been carried out, the enforcing authority will need to consider whether to: • prosecute •...

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Who may be liable? Anyone who is an 'appropriate person' may be liable for remediation of contaminated land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA...

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The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015 (COMAH 2015), SI 2015/483, aim to prevent major work place accidents occurring and put in place controls, so that...

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What environmental offences require mens rea? While most environmental offences are characterised by strict liability, a limited category require an element of mens rea...

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The Environment Agency (EA), Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have extensive, but not unlimited, powers to enter premises. Environment...

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The Environment Agency (EA) is one of the regulators responsible for the enforcement of environmental law and the prosecution of environmental crime in England. Other...

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Reviewed by Professor Richard Macrory Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 (RESA 2008) enables regulators to be given powers to deal with offences...

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Reviewed by Professor Richard Macrory. Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 (RESA 2008) enables regulators to be given powers to deal with offences using six new...

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Reviewed by Professor Richard Macrory Brexit impact This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For information on how leaving the EU will...

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Reviewed by Professor Richard Macrory. Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 (RESA 2008) enables regulators to be given powers to deal with offences using six new...

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