Operator ordered to pay £15,000 to local wildlife trust after polluting river with sediment


A Warwickshire excavator and fleet operator unintentionally allowed sediment from a quarry to enter freshwaters and cause environmental damage. However, because the environment agency (EA) accepted that the negligence by AT Contracting and Plant Hire was not due to dangerous or foolhardy behaviour, it escaped prosecution. Instead the company was sanctioned with an enforcement undertaking, which meant it paid GBP15,000 to the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.

The EA said the company worked quickly to solve the issue and [...]

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