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Thames Water tops league of environmental polluters

Thames Water has been named as the company most fined for polluting the environment in 2005.
The Environment Agency has revealed that Thames was fined £128,000 last year after being found guilty of water pollution on four occasions.In its annual Spotlight report the Agency confirmed that it prosecuted 317 businesses in 2005, resulting in total fines of £2,742,250. This is a 16% increase on 2004.One hundred and sixty one businesses were fined over£5,000 with Thames Water Utilities Ltd having the highestcumulative fines at £128,000 Contractor Edmund Nuttall was sixth in the Agency's overall list and worst in construction, with £47,500 in fines for four events leading to prosecution.In construction and demolition 21 businesses were fined £5,000 or more, compared to 13 businesses in 2004.Most of the offences were for water pollution.A spokesman for Nuttall said that there were mitigating circumstances but added that the company did have to 'tighten up' its processes.Balfour Beatty Utilities was fined £15,000 and Galliford Try Construction £6,000. Both prosecutions were for water pollution.

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