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Dunloy farmer fined £300 for pollution offence

A Co Antrim farmer was fined £300 plus £88 court costs at Ballymena Magistratesí Court to-day.
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Mr William Wylie, Garryduff Road, Dunloy, Ballymena, was fined for making a polluting discharge to a waterway.

On 5 August 2010, a Water Quality Inspector , acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency inspected the Glenlough River, Ballymoney. The waterway was dark green in colour and a strong agricultural smell was detected.

In excess of 200 dead brown trout were found over a two to three kilometre distance of waterway. The source of the polluting discharge was traced to a farm owned by Mr Wylie.

An electrofishing survey carried out by fisheries officers from Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL) indicated that there had been a complete kill of salmon and trout from the source of the pollution to the Greenshields River, a distance of approximately 6.5 kilometres.

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 Wylie 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.
  2. For media enquiries please contact DOE Communications on 028 9054 0014 or out of office hours, contact the EIS Duty Press Officer on pager 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.