Will Sam Hunter face court?

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREW ROBINSON an­drew.robinson@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @An­drew_Ex­am­iner

FOR­MER tip firm boss Sam Hunter could still face pros­e­cu­tion over his in­volve­ment in the for­mer Hunter’s tip which cost tax­pay­ers more than £1m to clean up.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency, a gov­ern­ment body which can bring prose­cu­tions over en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tion breaches, is con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate ac­tiv­i­ties at the for­mer Lock­wood tip which was aban­doned last sum­mer.

A fire later started at the over­flow­ing site at Queens Mill Road which burned con­tin­u­ously for sev­eral days. In July it was re­vealed that the coun­cil paid out £1.1m to deal with “en­vi­ron­men­tal con­tam­i­na­tion” of the site.

En­vi­ron­ment Agency of­fi­cials have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at the site in­clud­ing the in­volve­ment of Sam Hunter who held the per­mit.

A spokesper­son for the En­vi­ron­ment Agency said: “As a reg­u­la­tor of the waste in­dus­try, the En­vi­ron­ment Agency will take firm ac­tion against those who are found to have com­mit­ted waste crimes or breached en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mit­ting reg­u­la­tions.

“The En­vi­ron­ment Agency is con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the ac­tiv­i­ties of the pre­vi­ous per­mit holder of the waste site known as Hunters in Hud­der­s­field, and a num­ber of en­force­ment op­tions are cur­rently be­ing con­sid­ered in this case.

“While the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still live, we can­not dis­cuss the case in de­tail for le­gal rea­sons.”

No-one was avail­able to com­ment from Kirklees Coun­cil.

Clean up at the for­mer Hunter’s Tip and above Sam Hunter

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