Thank you for your question, please see our response below:
1. Date of action - is this the date of the court verdict?
Yes, that is correct.
2. CICS Air, Land and water - what do the numbers refer to?
CICS is the Common Incident Classification System. The numbers refer to the Environment Agency’s classification of the amount of environmental harm caused to the respective media (air, land and water):
Category 1 – major, serious, persistent and/or extensive impact or effect on the environment, people and/or property Category 2 – significant impact or effect on the environment, people and/or property
Category 3 – minor or minimal impact or effect on the environment, people and/or property
Category 4 – substantiated incident with no impact.
3. Data Source - what does CMS and NED mean? What is the difference?
NED is the National Enforcement Database. This was the Environment Agency’s first integrated national database of enforcement actions. It went into effect in 2000 and was phased out between 2013 and 2016, to be replaced by CMS.
CMS (or ‘ECMS’) is the Environment Agency’s Electronic Case Management System. This system was designed to replace and improve upon the capabilities of the NED system. It was launched in 2013 and fully phased in by 2016, as the NED system was phased out.
I hope this helps
Ella Fotheringham - Environment Agency