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.

Documents

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.