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Dungannon company fined for pollution offence

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

A T Sand & Gravel Ltd of 56 Cavanoneill Road, Pomeroy, Dungannon Co Tyrone was fined £1,000 plus costs of £121.81 at Dungannon Magistrates' Court on 12 May 2008 for a pollution offence.

On 28 April 2007 an Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) official inspected a tributary of the Ballinderry River and found it to be heavily contaminated with suspended solids giving the river an orange/brown colour.

A statutory sample confirmed that the discharge was polluting and would have been potentially harmful to fish life.

The company pleaded guilty to the offence of making a polluting discharge to a waterway.

Notes To Editors:

  1. A T Sand & Gravel Ltd was charged under Article 7 of the Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 of making a polluting discharge to a waterway.
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