*R v Recycled Materials Supplies Ltd

Criminal law – Environmental offences. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, allowed the defendant company's appeal against conviction for two counts of failing to comply with the terms of an environmental permit condition, contrary to reg 38(2) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, SI 675/2010. In the circumstances, the local authority had no jurisdiction to issue an environmental permit to the defendant. The regulator empowered to exercise the regulatory functions had been the Environmental Agency and not the local authority.

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