A Castlederg farmer has been fined £1,000 after silage effluent polluted a waterway.
George Kinkaid, of Cavandarragh Road, was fined at Strabane Magistrates Court after he admitted the pollution.
The court heard that on September 14 last year DoE water quality inspectors found discolouration and a fungal growth in a watercourse at Cavandarragh Road. A DoE spokesman said: “The source of this pollution was traced to a nearby farm belonging to Mr Kinkaid, where it was found that silage effluent was escaping to the watercourse.”
He added: “Samples taken at the time of the incident confirmed that the effluent was polluting and potentially harmful to fish life.”