Unau­tho­rised dump­ing costs firm £14k

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page -

CARNOUSTIE-based DJ Laing has agreed to pay £14,000 af­ter in­cor­rectly dis­pos­ing of 8,000 tonnes of waste.

The com­pany ad­mit­ted the of­fence, which hap­pened on land near Teal­ing be­tween Septem­ber 2016 and Jan­uary 2017.

DJ Laing said it did not know­ingly carry out the unau­tho­rised dump­ing, but “erred in not seek­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate au­tho­ri­sa­tion from Sepa (Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency).”

Sepa ac­cepted an of­fer from the firm of “en­force­ment un­der­tak­ings”, which give en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fend­ers the chance to make amends for their be­hav­iour rather than face pros­e­cu­tion. Chair­man David Laing said the com­pany was work­ing with Sepa and do­na­tions were be­ing made to bal­ance the cost of what was saved by dis­pos­ing of the ma­te­rial in­cor­rectly.

DJ Laing agreed to make £3,000 do­na­tions to Moni­fi­eth Eco Force and the Brighty Wood Group and do­na­tions of £1,500 to Teal­ing and Mur­roes pri­mary schools to be used to es­tab­lish ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes on en­vi­ron­men­tal mat­ters.

A vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tion of £5,000 to­wards costs in­curred by Sepa in in­ves­ti­gat­ing the of­fences was also made.

Sepa area man­ager Rob Mor­ris said: “En­force­ment un­der­tak­ings can be of­fered by those who have of­fended by giv­ing com­mit­ments to rec­tify the harm they have caused and to com­pen­sate any gain they’ve made and take ac­tion to com­ply with en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions.

“En­force­ment un­der­tak­ings are de­signed to change be­hav­iour by mov­ing busi­nesses to­wards com­pli­ance and al­lows Sepa to put re­sources to more pro­duc­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes.”

He added: “We will con­tinue to re­spond ro­bustly when there is a fail­ure to com­ply with en­vi­ron­men­tal con­trols in or­der to safe­guard our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.”

Lee at home with his mum, Ni­cola.

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