Environment Agency: Prosecutions

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Charlotte Leslie Charlotte Leslie Conservative, Bristol North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the Environment Agency in pursuing prosecutions.

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency has a published Enforcement and Sanctions Statement. It uses a wide range of enforcement responses where it encounters unlawful activity. This includes advice and guidance, through to civil sanctions and prosecution. Prosecutions are taken across a wide range of regulated activities, from navigation and fisheries, to complex industrial processes, waste regulation, and water resources management.

The Environment Agency has a 97% success rate in prosecutions and has good cost recovery rates.

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