Omagh farmer fined for pollution
AN Omagh farmer has pleaded guilty and been fined £300 plus £19 court costs for causing water pollution.
The case against Mr Malcolm Cathers of Curr Road was heard at Omagh Magistrates Court on Friday.
The court heard that on 22 February 2012, a Water Quality Inspector, acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, found that a waterway at Moylagh Road, Omagh was discoloured and smelled of farm slurry.
Further investigation revealed that some 2.5 kilometers of the waterway was visibly affected.
The source was traced to Mr Malcolm Cathers’ farm at Curr Road, Omagh, where slurry was found overflowing from a tank and running across a field, before entering a drain leading to the waterway.
Samples of the effluent were taken and analysed, confirming that it was highly polluting. The flow rate of the slurry into the waterway was also measured and was found to be approximately 60 litres per minute (3,600 litres per hour).
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