Policy paper

Environment Agency enforcement and sanctions policy

How the Environment Agency uses its enforcement and sanctioning powers to secure compliance with laws that protect the environment.


Offence Response Options - Environment Agency

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How the Environment Agency conducts enforcement activity for environmental offences and breaches.

Includes how we:

  • make enforcement and sanctioning decisions including the decision to prosecute
  • apply Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 civil sanctions and when we may accept enforcement undertakings
  • apply climate change civil penalties
  • enforce the Control of Mercury (Enforcement) Regulations 2017

The Offence Response Options (ORO) document sets out the options available to every offence we regulate.

Published 11 April 2018
Last updated 8 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. We updated Enforcement and Sanctions: Offence Response Options (ORO)
  2. First published.