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Whitecross farmer fined £600 for pollution offence

A county Armagh farmer was fined £600 plus £15 Offenders Levy at Newry Magistrates’ Court on January 19.

David Samuel McMullan of Lurgana Road, Whitecross, county Armagh was fined for making a polluting discharge to a waterway.

On 18 June 2013, Water Quality Inspectors acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, inspected a tributary of the Cusher River and observed that the bed of the waterway was covered in fungal growth.

The polluting discharge was traced to farm premises owned by Mr McMullan. The length of waterway impacted by the discharge was approximately 1600 metres.

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

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