The results of the EA consultation on how to use powers under the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 will be published in the autumn. Environmental regulations give enforcement powers to regulators so that they can ensure that laws are complied with and the environment and people are protected.

The Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 (the RES Act) introduced a new range of alternative civil (rather than criminal) sanctions. These have been made available to the Environment Agency in England and Wales for use when an offence has been committed and a sanction is needed. Their introduction will provide the EA with a wider range of sanctioning options to better protect the environment and supports a more responsive approach to working with businesses.

The EA released a consultation document on how to use these powers on 15 February 2010 and the consultation closed on 7 May 2010. The EA was due to publish its results in June 2010 but the publication of its full response to the consultation has been delayed and will now be published in the autumn. This will include information on responders, a summary of views, the decisions made in light of the consultation and revised documents on how the powers will be implemented. The closed consultation can be found at sanctions?pointId=1269274583252.