A Ballymoney farmer pleaded guilty and was today fined £500 plus an Offenders Levy of £15 at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court.
Mr Robert Skelton from Kilraghts Road, Ballymoney was fined for making a polluting discharge to a waterway.
On 1 July 2015, a Water Quality Inspector (WQI) acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), inspected the Caldanagh Burn at Carnany Bridge, Kilraghts Road, Ballymoney and observed 100% fungal growth coverage of the waterway. The discharge was traced to farm premises owned by Mr Skelton. Over half a kilometre of waterway was affected by the discharge.
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.
Anyone wishing to report a pollution incident can call the 24 hour Water Pollution Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.