Whitecross farmer fined for pollution offence

October 23, 2012

A Whitecross farmer has pleaded guilty to making polluting discharges to a waterway, and was fined a total of £1,500 plus court costs of £34 at Newry Magistrates’ Court last Monday.

On 10 January 2011, a Water Quality Inspector, acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, observed widespread fungal growth in the Cusher River at Captain’s Bridge, Drumnahunshin Road, Whitecross.

Evidence of pollution was observed in the waterway on several further dates, up to and including 26 May 2011. More than half a mile of waterway was affected.

The source of the polluting discharge was traced to a farm owned by Mr Patrick McVerry of Tullyah Road, Whitecross.

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.