The Government has announced that it will be scrapping the £250,000 limit on civil penalties (variable money penalties) that environmental regulators the
Environment Agency and Natural England can impose on those that pollute the environment under the Environmental Civil Sanctions (England) Order 2010 (and
other relevant legislation). The regulators have powers to fine companies directly through civil sanctions, instead of criminal prosecution, but currently
this is capped at £250,000.
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