Environment Agency: Enforcement Action

Part of Delegated Legislation – in the House of Commons at 8:09 pm on 14th May 2018.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham 8:09 pm, 14th May 2018

I am very interested in what my hon. Friend is saying about wanting more powers, but the Environment Agency already has powers—for example, to enforce the storage of waste at waste transfer stations. In my experience, it is very reluctant to use such powers, or if it does, it gives a slap on the wrist, as she suggests, rather than real enforcement action in conjunction with HMRC and local councils, which would be far more effective in bringing these rogue operators to book.