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Published On: Fri, Feb 8th, 2013 at 7:24pm

Aberdeenshire man fined for environment offences

Brian Watson (48) was today fined £11,250 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for allowing controlled waste to be deposited on his land and for failing to remove it.

He had previously pled guilty to the contraventions of sections 33(1)(a) and 59(1)(a) and (5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on 8 October 2012. The offences occurred between February and November 2011 at Coneyhatch Farm, north of Stonehaven.

Brian Watson trades as E Watson and Son and is in the business of groundwork, plant hire, haulage, skip hire, site clearances and tipper hire.  He allowed several thousand tonnes of waste to be deposited at Coneyhatch Farm which included plastics, metal, wood, paint tins, tyres, electrical equipment, demolition waste, general waste and green waste.

In September 2011, after months of attempting to assist Watson, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) required him to clear the waste up.  Instead of complying, Watson allowed more waste to be deposited at the site.

Craig Harris, Procurator Fiscal, Wildlife and Environment said

“Brian Watson repeatedly failed to adhere to the requests of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency to meet the legal standards required of him.  He allowed thousands of tonnes of waste to be dumped at his site.

“Today Mr Watson has been brought to justice for his complete disregard of his duty towards the environment.”

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