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Carrickmore farmer fined £200 for pollution offence

A Co Tyrone farmer was fined 200 plus 31 court costs at Omagh Magistrates Court today.
Friday, 13 May 2011

Mr Patrick McCallan, of Inishative Road, Carrickmore, Co. Tyrone, was fined for making a polluting discharge to a waterway resulting in a fish kill.

On 18 June 2010, a Water Quality Inspector (WQI), acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency inspected the Altanagh Burn, Carrickmore. The waterway was grossly polluted with sewage fungus and closer to the source of the pollution covered almost 100% of the river bed. A number of fish mortalities were observed and approximately two miles of waterway was affected by the discharge. The source of the polluting discharge was traced to a farm owned by Mr McCallan.

A sample taken at the time of the incident confirmed that the discharge contained poisonous, noxious or polluting matter which was potentially harmful to fish life in the receiving waterway.

Notes to editors:

  1. Mr McCallan was charged under Article 7 (1) (a) of the Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 with the offence of making a polluting discharge to a waterway.
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