Poultry producer fined for polluting
TWO tip-offs have led to a major poultry producer being fined £1,000 plus costs for pollution.
In March 2012 a person phoned the Northern Ireland Environment Agency's (NIEA) pollution hotline to report an incident on Benvardin Road, Ballymena.
An inspector subsequently found farm waste affecting the Burn Gushet river.
On November 28, 2012 another caller reported pollution at Larne Road, Ballymena – at a facility operated by O'Kane Poultry.
Chicken waste contamination was found on the bed of Deerfin Burn and traced to O'Kanes.
The company was fined £500 for each offence at Ballymena Magistrates' Court yesterday.
Meanwhile, Christopher McCloy of Liminary Road, Kells, was convicted after a tributary of the Deerfin Burn in Kells was found to be grossly contaminated with sewage fungus in July 2012. He was fined a total of £600 plus court costs of £31 and a £15 offender levy.