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20 February 2013

Hillsborough farmer fine 750 for pollution offence

A Co Down farmer pleaded guilty to causing water pollution and was fined £750 plus £25 court costs at Lisburn Magistrates' Court on 19 February 2013.

Mr William Wilson of Edentrillick Road, Hillsborough, Co. Down was convicted for making a polluting discharge to a waterway.

On 27 January 2012, a Water Quality Inspector acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) found a waterway close to Mr Wilson’s farm to be badly polluted. The source of the discharge causing the pollution was traced to Mr Wilson’s farm, where a pipe was found to be discharging farm effluent.

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. Mr William Wilson 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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