Dungannon farmer fined £1,000 for river pollution

River pollution
River pollution

A Dungannon farmer pleaded guilty and was fined £1,000, plus £22 court costs and an offenders levy of £15 at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court today.

Mr Colin Kelso, Gortavale Road, Rock, Dungannon, was fined for making a polluting discharge to a waterway.

On 27 February 2012, Water Quality Inspectors acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) inspected an unnamed tributary of the Claggan River at Drummond Road, Rock, Dungannon and observed fungal growth on the bed of the waterway. The waterway appeared to be of a green / brown colouration and had a distinctive malodorous odour. In excess of one kilometre of waterway was affected by the discharge. The source of the polluting discharge was traced to a farm owned by Mr Kelso.

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.