Record fine for odour breaches

Record fine for odour breaches


Stephen Tromans QC represented the London Borough of Newham in a successful prosecution of rendering company John Knights (ABP) Limited.  The company pleaded not guilty to nine charges of breach of the odour boundary condition at its Silvertown site during the periods July-September 2011.  It argued that the prosecution should be stayed as an abuse of process. Having heard submissions from both sides, the District Judge refused the defendant’s application and fined the company £120,000, with compensation payments of £250 each to affected residents and costs of £ 66,150. Residents had complained of “persistent rank odour”, like “decomposing flesh”.   The fine is the largest yet obtained by a local authority under the Environmental Permitting regime, the second highest being the £75,000 fine also obtained for Newham by Stephen Tromans against the same company in February 2011.

A copy of the Prosecution Skeleton Argument and of the Judgment can be viewed below.

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