The courts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have confiscated huge sums of money from environmental criminals over recent years. Only this June, a Lancastrian scrap metal dealer was ordered to pay £275,000. The record fine stands at just below £1.2m, imposed in February 2008 against an illegal waste operator.

But in Scotland, barring fines not a single penny has been prised from the hands of those who profit from environmental damage. And Scottish fines are notoriously low, as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) highlighted earlier this year. (more…)