High Court dismisses appeal on waste operation

6th July 2018


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The case of Mark Stone, Salhouse Norwich Ltd v Environment Agency, an appeal to the Queen’s Bench Division, has been dismissed.

Salhouse Norwich Ltd owned a site on which another person operated a waste business that recycled mattresses. The Environment Agency issued an enforcement notice to the person, who ceased trading, but approximately 471 tonnes of waste material remained on the site.

The Court ruled Salhouse Norwich Ltd knowingly permitted the operation of a regulated facility, namely a waste operation for waste storage, without an environmental permit, breaching the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, in force at the time of the breach. The director of Salhouse Norwich Ltd was also convicted on the basis the company had acted under his direction.

Mr Justice Andrew Nicol, when considering the appeal, felt that there had been a clear continuing “waste operation” and looked to the Preamble of Directive 2008/98/EC on waste, which was intended to implement the precautionary principle and the principle of preventative action. Disposal and recovery operations under Annex 1 and Annex 2 to Directive 2008/98/EC also showed that storage pending disposal or recovery was a “waste operation”.

It was also held that the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 did not require Salhouse Norwich Ltd to have taken positive action to convict them – knowingly permitting a contravention to the Regulations was enough.

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