Thames Water fined £1m for polluting
Thames Water have been slapped with a record-breaking fine for putting a load of sewerage into the Grand Union Canal. The dirty, dirty swine. The Environmental Agency hit Thames Water with a whopping £1 million, after officers reported seeing sewage debris, which means 'sanitary products' and the like. How lovely.
The judge handing out the sentencing said that this fine pointed out the need for "very large organisations" to "bring about the reforms and improvements for which they say they are striving", after Thames Water repeatedly pointed the Tring sewage treatment works toward the waters of the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal in Hertfordshire.
These particular charges refer to repeated infringements between July 2012 and April 2013, and the fine is the highest a water company has been hit with by the Environment Agency. They were also ordered to pay costs of £18,113.08 and a victim surcharge of £120.
Sentencing at St Albans Crown Court, Judge Andrew Bright QC said: "The time has now come for the courts to make clear that very large organisations (such as Thames Water) really must bring about the reforms and improvements for which they say they are striving because if they do not the sentences passed upon them for environmental offences will be sufficiently severe to have a significant impact on their finances."
Emily Rowland, EA environment officer, said: "We welcome the court's decision to penalise Thames Water for serious breaches of its environmental permit, which led to pollution of the Grand Union Canal."
"We take these types of incidents very seriously and will do everything within our powers to safeguard the environment and people affected, and that includes holding to account those whose actions put the environment at risk."