A Co Antrim rendering plant has been urged to “learn from experience” after it was fined £24,000 for polluting a river.
Ulster Farm By-Products was handed the fine plus court costs of £2,629.76 at Antrim Magistrates Court for five offences of polluting the Glenavy River between March and August last year, the Department of the Environment said.
A DOE spokesperson said: “The company pleaded guilty to the offences which all involved exceeding the limit for ammoniacal nitrogen in the effluent being discharged to the river.”
The company is one of three that have put forward a joint proposal by Rose Energy to build a biomass plant outside Glenavy.
Gary Millar, operations director at the firm, said the company was in the process of investing in the “extension and upgrade of our effluent treatment plant”.