Co Down farmer fined for causing polluting discharge to enter a waterway

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A Co Down farmer pleaded guilty and was fined £500 at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court today for a pollution offence involving silage effluent.

Robert Poots from Edentrillick Hill, Hillsborough was fined for making a polluting discharge to a waterway.

On 18 December 2014, a Water Quality Inspector (WQI), acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) inspected a waterway on the farm and observed it was badly polluted.

The pollution was caused by silage effluent from the silage clamp on the farm seeping and entering the waterway causing it to be polluted for a distance of approximately 900 meters.

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.