A Co Londonderry farmer and contractor pleaded guilty and were each fined £750, plus offenders levy of £15 at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court today.
Mr Hugh Sinton Curry, Creamery Road, Coleraine and John Lyons, Ballyrashane Road, Coleraine were fined for causing a polluting discharge to enter a waterway.
On 21 March 2014 Water Quality Inspectors, acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, inspected a waterway at Cloyfin Road, Coleraine and observed the waterway to be green in colour. An odour of an agricultural nature was detected from the water. The Inspectors proceeded to cross fields where they discovered a large pipe actively discharging agricultural effluent to the unnamed waterway. Investigations revealed that the field had been spread with digestate from an anaerobic digester. The length of waterway impacted by the discharge was 1,300 metres.
Samples 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.
Anyone wishing to report a pollution incident can call the 24 hour Water Pollution Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.