Scottish courts issue record environmental fine
A South Lanarkshire haulage and recycling company has been ordered to pay a record £200,000 penalty for illegally dumping waste and endangering the environmentLivingston Sherriff Court passed down the unprecedented sentence in a case described by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) as “one of Scotland's most significant environmental crimes”.
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