Fines issued after inspectors find silage effluent being piped into waterway
A Northern Ireland construction company was today fined for causing pollution to a County Derry waterway.
On 22 March 2016, Water Quality Inspectors (WQI), acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), responded to a report of pollution in the Altagoan River at Gortnaskey Road, Draperstown.
The inspector observed extensive beige coloured fungal growth in the Altagoan River. A strong agricultural odour was detected from the water.
They discovered an active discharge of a dark coloured liquid with a strong odour exiting a blue pipe and entering the Altagoan River.
A sample of the discharge was collected.
The inspectors followed the fungus upstream, a black pipe was observed discharging liquid over a bank and entering the waterway.
This pipe was located at the bottom of an embankment from the direction of the construction site where an anaerobic digestion plant was under construction.
An odour of silage effluent was detected from this discharge. A sample of the discharge was collected.