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24 September 2013

O’Kane Poultry Ltd fined a total of 1,000 for pollution offences



O’Kane Poultry Ltd was fined a total of £1,000 plus court costs at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court today for making polluting discharges to a waterway.

On 23 March 2012, a report of a pollution incident at a poultry farm at 84 Benvardin Road, Ballymena which is owned and operated by O’Kane Poultry Limited was made to the NIEA via the pollution hotline by a member of the public.

Upon investigation, an Officer from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency observed poultry farm waste impacting on the Burn Gushet River, Co. Antrim. The source of the polluting discharge was traced to a poultry farm at 84 Benvardin Road, Ballymena.

On 28 November 2012, a report of a pollution incident at a chicken and turkey slaughtering and rendering facility at 170 Larne Road, Ballymena which is owned and operated by O’Kane Poultry Limited was made to NIEA via the pollution hotline by a member of the public.

Upon investigation localized chicken waste contamination was found on the bed of Deerfin Burn, Pennybridge, Ballymena. The source of the polluting discharge was traced to O’Kane Poultry Ltd, a chicken and turkey slaughtering and rendering facility at 170 Larne Road, Ballymena.

The Company was fined £500 for each offence.

Anyone wishing to report a pollution incident can call the 24 hour Water Pollution Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

Notes to editors:

1. O’Kane Poultry Ltd was charged under Regulation 33(1)(b) of The Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (NI) 2003 with contravention of a permit condition.

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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