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Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2015 used for only the second time since becoming law
The Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2015 were introduced to ensure the polluter pay – not just the cost of a spillage but also to compensate the environment for its loss of amenity.
In March 2018 Omex Agriculture was responsible for polluting the River Witham with ammonia. This severely damaged the river and its ecosystem. The pollution affected over 40 kilometres of river from Bardney to the Wash and killed over 100,000 fish. It is thought to be the worst river pollution incident ever recorded in the county.
Using the legislation, a plan has been set forward outlining how Omex will help the river bounce back over the next decade.
By the end of this year, Omex must investigate and design a number of habitat improvements to help boost the river’s ecology, such as fish refuges and improved woody and marginal areas to help them shelter, spawn and feed.
Fish refuges are to be installed across half a dozen locations on the river by the end of January, with other habitat improvement works completed by the end of June 2021.
The full article on this and how the Environment Agency intends to improve over 4000 kilometres of river actors the country in its new 5 year plan can be read at: