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GBP 25k down the pan for Codemasters

Codemasters has held its hands up to having its trousers down after the Environment Agency cited "repeated breaches" of agreed limits for the amount of sewage the firm could safely discharge into a local river.

"Consents to discharge are legal documents carefully drafted to allow companies or individuals to discharge treated effluent to watercourses at levels that will not threaten the general quality of the water environment," Environment Agency officer Hannah Wooldridge explained.

The British games publisher admitted liability and accepted the GBP 25,000 fine, although the firm also stated that it had attempted to rectify the situation earlier, only to be let down by incompetent suppliers.