Firm fined for illegal asbestos storage

A Suffolk builder has pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates' Court to dumping chrysotile asbestos and not having the right papers for dealing with the potentially fatal material.

Edward Thomas Webster, who trades as Preservation in Action, admitted breaching asbestos rules and was fined a total of £350 and ordered to pay £250 towards Environment Agency costs at ahearing on Monday (December 14).

In March this year two agency officers inspected Mr Webster’s yard in Thorington, Suffolk following reports that waste was being stored illegally.

The officers found the land was divided into three fields, all areas of the site contained pallets with materials for sale such as cleaned bricks, roof tiles, wood and old beams.

Anne-Lise McDonald, prosecuting, told the court that in one of the fields the officers saw a large pile of asbestos roofing sheets.

After the hearing environment officer, Nick Davis, said: “It is very important that waste, particularly hazardous waste such as asbestos, is dealt with appropriately.

“Regulations are in place to ensure that waste is dealt with in a responsible manner whilst protecting people and the environment from harm.”

Luke Walsh

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