Green groups launch offensive against negligent directors.

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Leading environmental bodies are calling for tougher penalties against company directors who are convicted of environmental offences.

In the past year a record number of directors have been found guilty of breeching environmental regulations, but the average fine is still just over 5,000 [pounds sterling]. This is despite the fact that the ceiling for fines in magistrates' courts for such offences is 20,000 [pounds sterling]. There is no upper limit in the higher courts.

A recent report by the Environment Agency revealed that the number of directors fined had risen from three in 1999 to 11 in 2003. Directors can be singled out for financial penalties if they are found to be negligent or knowingly involved in an environmental offence. But the Environment Agency believes that the fines...

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