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Taskforce to stamp out green crime 15/11/2011 An Environmental Crime Taskforce is being set up in Scotland to tackle the growing problem of environmental crime - from illegal dumping to organised crime.

Taskforce to stamp out green crime

An Environmental Crime Taskforce is being set up in Scotland to tackle the growing problem of environmental crime - from illegal dumping to organised crime.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead announced the move last week, as he pledged that Scotland would not allow criminals to profit at the expense of the nation's national resources. Without our healthy soils, unpolluted air and clean water the effect to agriculture, fishing, forestry and food production would be devastating.

He told an Environmental Crime Summit in Edinburgh that the taskforce would be well equipped to deal with the growing issue of organised crime operating in the environment sector, be it stolen equipment found at landfill sites, money laundering at unlicensed scrap yards or illegal dumping of industrial chemicals.

The summit also heard about further measures designed to tackle environment crime, including:

  • Improving environmental legislation to make it simpler, targeted and more effective
  • Increased collaboration and intelligence sharing between enforcement agencies leading to more successful prosecutions
  • Development of better targeted penalties for environmental offences

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