Environmental Agency Investigations
A client calls to tell you that there has been an environmental incident at their premises and Environment Agency officers have turned up and have started asking questions. What should your client say? They have heard that you can be fined millions of pounds for pollution offences and they need your help.
This new half day course, aimed at those with little or no previous knowledge of dealing with the Environmental Agency, will consider a case study and look at the stages of an investigation and enforcement action from that first phone call through to sentencing after conviction. With greater scrutiny on businesses to improve their environmental performance, being aware of and helping your clients to manage the process when things go wrong is vital.
What You Will Learn
This course will cover the following:
- The work of the Environment Agency - What is the Agency’s role? What types of offences does the Agency investigate and enforce against? Who are the other environmental regulators?
- The Agency’s investigatory powers - What information or items can the Agency demand following an alleged offence? Issues to consider when invited by the Agency to attend an interview.
- Crisis management - Who should carry out the internal investigation? How to engage with the press and local community.
- The Agency’s enforcement options - including:
- Enforcement notices, prohibition notices, revocation notices and suspension notices
- Civil sanctions - What are the advantages? What are the risks?
- Prosecution - Personal liability for directors and senior managers?
- Sentencing of environmental offences - What are the sentencing guidelines? Are the levels of fines increasing? What other orders may be imposed?
2:00pm - 5:15pm
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