Rivers: Pollution:Written question - 4156

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Asked by Chris Ruane
(Vale of Clwyd)
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Asked on: 11 July 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Rivers: Pollution
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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many recordable pollution incidents there were for English waterways in each year for which information is available; and what proportion of those offences resulted in (a) successful prosecution and (b) an enforcement undertaking.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 19 July 2017

The table below provides details of the numbers of water pollution incidents as well as the numbers of successful prosecutions and accepted Enforcement Undertakings for water pollution offences.

Year

Number of Category 1 & 2 Serious water pollution incidents

Total water pollution incidents - impact levels 1-3

Successful prosecutions in relation to water pollution

Enforcement Undertakings Accepted

2007

444

8282

145

-

2008

378

7770

117

-

2009

430

8285

111

-

2010

336

8583

113

-

2011

360

8504

98

0

2012

293

8265

82

1

2013

376

8485

54

3

2014

361

7274

45

3

2015

326

6363

22

1

2016

314

6414

42

14

Prosecutions or enforcement undertakings are normally considered for the more serious Category 1 and 2 incidents. Prosecutions are undertaken where there is a public interest in doing so and where there is a reasonable likelihood of obtaining conviction. Enforcement Undertakings have been available as an enforcement option since 2011.

The prosecution of water pollution offences or decision on enforcement undertakings does not necessarily occur in the same year in which the incidents took place. There are cases for offences which took place in earlier years which are currently still in progress.

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