Eglish farmer fined £900 for pollution offence

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AN EGLISH farmer today pleaded guilty and was fined £900 plus court costs of £28 at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court for a pollution offence.

Mr Joseph Hughes of Killybracken Road, Eglish, was fined for making a polluting discharge to a waterway.

On 16 March 2012, Water Quality Inspectors, acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, inspected a tributary of the Oona River near Eglish and found it to be discoloured and to have a bad smell. They also found that the bed of the waterway was coated in sludge and fungus, and that over 1 kilometer of waterway was visibly polluted. The source of the contamination was traced to the nearby farm of Mr Hughes, where effluent tanks were found to be overflowing.

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.

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