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Environment Agency consults on revised enforcement and sanctions policy

The Environment Agency has launched a consultation on updates to its enforcement and sanctions policy, which it described as evolutionary rather than a fundamental alteration.

It wants to make it easier for offenders, in appropriate cases, to make early and acceptable enforcement undertaking offers, and has developed a new calculator for loss of natural capital by water environment offenders.

The consultation runs until 15 January 2018.

Proposals include having a single document to replace the separate Enforcement and Sanctions Statement and Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance, which the agency said would remove duplication and add clarity.

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It also proposes to use the Definitive Guideline for the Sentencing of Environmental Offences to calculate financial penalties and to use a natural capital methodology to describe damage to water environment and encourage suitable enforcement undertaking offers where long term damage has occurred.

Mark Smulian

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