Farmer fined £3,500 for pollution offenceMonday, 5 October 2009
A Co Antrim farmer was fined £3,500 plus £76 court costs and £132.74 analysis costs at Antrim Magistrates’ Court today.
David Gaston Wallace, of Printshop Road, Nutts Corner, Co. Antrim, was fined for making a polluting discharge to a waterway
.On 21 February 2008, a Water Quality Inspector, acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (formerly the Environment and Heritage Service) inspected the Clady Water and found a heavy sewage fungal growth carpeting the bed of the waterway. The source of the polluting discharge was traced to a farm owned by Mr Wallace.
A sample taken at the time of the incident confirmed that the discharge contained poisonous, noxious and polluting matter which would have been potentially harmful to fish life in the receiving watercourse.
Notes to Editors:
1. Mr Wallace 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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