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18 February 2013

Loughgall business pleads guilty to pollution offence

A Co Armagh business today pleaded guilty and was given a conditional discharge for two years at Armagh Magistrates’ Court.

Orchard Fresh Foods Limited Limited, 81A Creenagh Road, Loughgall, was convicted for making a polluting discharge to a waterway.

On 14 December 2011, a Water Quality Inspector acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) investigated a report of water pollution in a tributary of the Tall River. The polluted waterway was heavily contaminated with fungus and, further upstream, the water was observed to be black in colour. The source of the discharge causing the pollution was determined to be the premises of Orchard Fresh Foods Limited.

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.

Notes to editors:

1. Orchard Fresh Foods Limited was charged under Article 7 (1) (a) of the Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 with the offence of making a polluting discharge to a waterway.

2. For media enquiries please contact DOE Press Office 028 9025 6058 or out of office hours, contact the EIS Duty Press Officer on pager 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.

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