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20 February 2013

Limavady farmer fined 275 for pollution offence

A Co Londonderry farmer today pleaded guilty to causing water pollution and was fined £275 plus court costs of £25 at Limavady Magistrates’ Court.

Mr Colin Boyd, of Windyhill Road, Limavady, was fined for making a polluting discharge to a waterway.

On 2 December 2011, a Water Quality Inspector, acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, responded to a report of pollution and inspected a tributary of the Curly River adjacent to the Windyhill Road, Limavady. The waterway smelled strongly of silage effluent. Approximately 500 metres of waterway was affected. The source of the polluting discharge was traced to a farm owned by Mr Boyd.

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.

Anyone wishing to report pollution incidents can call the Water Pollution Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

Notes to editors:

1. Mr Boyd 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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