Enforcement and sanctions penalties: Companies

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Dear Environment Agency,

I would like to find out about companies penalised as a result of your enforcement and sanction powers. Could you please provide me with the following, for as far back as your records allow (if this is not feasible could you please provide data for as far back as is reasonable but also include a note saying at what point your records begin).

Company name
Company number
Sector
Outcome of investigation
Date of outcome
Penalty (costs as well)
Act of Parliament penalised under (including section)

Yours faithfully,

Ben Hunter

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Dear Mr Hunter

 

Thank you for your request relating to enforcement.

 

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National Requests, Environment Agency

Dear Mr  Hunter

 

 

Thank you for your request for information, reference NR7429 about the
Environment Agencies use of its enforcement powers. One of the items you
have requested is “Outcome of investigation”

 

We think this might refer to the type of enforcement action we decide to
use in relation to an alleged offence but would appreciate it if you could
clarify what you mean by this.

 

Could you please advise.

 

Kind Regards

 

Linda Morris

National Request Team

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Dear Linda,

Thank you for your response. Yes please, that is what I am after.

Kind regards,

Ben

National Requests, Environment Agency

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Dear Mr Hunter

 

Thank you for your enquiry which was received on 14 March 2016.

 

We respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I enclose your data.

 

Notes for the first spreadsheet – Prosecutions and Formal Cautions:

 

The data provided in the report on prosecutions and formal cautions is the
combined output of two enforcement recording systems: the National
Enforcement Database (NED) and the Case Management System (CMS). Because
of differences in the source systems, the information provided is not
always exactly the same for each record. This has resulted in, for
instance, some records with certain fields left blank.

 

Notes for the second spreadsheet – Warning Letters & Notices:

 

The data for Warning Letters and Notices issued to companies is taken from
CMS. This goes back to late 2012 as this is when CMS went live.

We do not hold details of the company number so we were unable to provide
this. Some of the fields for industry sector and date the notice was
served are blank therefore we are unable to provide these details as they
were not completed on the CMS record.

Notes for the third spreadsheet – Civil Sanctions:

 

Please find provided a spreadsheet containing details of cases involving
companies where the final outcome of the investigation was a civil
sanction under the provisions of the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions
Act 2008. 

 

Please note that based on your criteria the information provided relates
to Enforcement Undertakings (EUs) and Fixed Monetary Penalties (FMPs)
only. 

 

Please note that we are unable to provide company number, as this is not
recorded on our national civil sanctions casetracker and sector details
have been included where that information has been recorded.  

 

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Environment Agency

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Dear Maria,

Many thanks for such a detailed response.

Kind regards,

Ben Hunter

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