The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
While most environmental offences are characterised by strict liability, a limited category require an element of mens rea (eg intention or recklessness). Examples are:
knowingly or recklessly making a statement which is false or misleading under the environmental permitting regime
intentionally make a false entry in a record required to be kept under an environmental permit condition
intending to deceive by:
(i) forging or using a document issued or authorised to be issued or required for any purpose under an environmental permit condition, or
(ii) making or possessing a document so closely resembling such a document as to be likely to deceive
intentionally or recklessly making a false or misleading statement under REACH
knowingly or recklessly making materially false statements, eg in support of an application under the Water Resources Act 1991 (WRA 1991)
intentionally making a false entry in any record required to be kept by virtue of a consent under the WRA 1991
A company is capable of acting only by its agents. Consequently,
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