A company director at Thompson Waste Recycling has been jailed for six months for putting Scunthorpe residents at risk of water and air pollution following an Environment Agency prosecution.

The state of the site was uncovered during a sizeable fire at the unlicensed domestic recycling plant back in May of 2014. It was reported that the fire put fumes into the air for nearby industrial estate workers to breathe and there was a threat of toxins leaking into the water table where the site had become drenched in water.

UKIP’s spokesman for the environment, Dr Julia Reid MEP, said: “I’m very pleased to hear that the Environment Agency is cracking down on cases like these. Hopefully, the Environment Agency’s decision to prosecute in this case will deter potential offenders from ignoring advice that is provided to safeguard both the environment and the health of those living in the local communities.”

In passing sentence, the judge said there had been a ‘deliberate flouting’ of environmental regulations by the defendant. The judge also found that there had been attempts to conceal the illegal activity.

The charges brought by the Agency suggested that the defendant had breached section 33(1)(c) and section 157(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, regarding the storage of controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution to the environment.