‘Environmental fines should stay in North’ – Hazzard

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said that it is unacceptable that fines taken up by the Environmental Agency go straight to the British Treasury. Speaking to Newry Times, Mr Hazzard said, “In a response to a question to the Minister of he Environment Alex Attwood I was astounded to find that all monies received from people or companies fined for breaking environmental laws go straight to the British Treasury. This is totally unacceptable given that the Environmental Agency is responsible for paying for the clean up of any environmental damage done and ensuring public health is not put at risk.” “There was nearly one million pound given to the British Treasury through fines over the past five years due to the Environmental Agency taking people to court.” He added, “I am calling on the Executive to raise this issue with the British Government to have this money paid directly into the Environmental Agency so that they can use it in improvement schemes that will help protect the local environment.”
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