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Poultry Firm Fined for Ammonia Spill Which Killed Thousands of Fish

18 November 2014

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - A County Fermanagh poultry company has pleaded guilty and was fined £2,000 for a discharge that polluted a waterway.

News Letter reports that Western Brand Poultry Products (NI) Ltd of Screevagh, Lisnaskea, also had to pay £28 court costs and a £15 offenders’ levy as well as £3,949.70 fish restocking costs.

Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court heard that on July 10, 2013 the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) investigated a fish kill in the Moorlough River near Lisnaskea.

The source of the fish kill was traced upstream to the premises of Western Brand Poultry Products (NI) Ltd, where a leak of ammonia from a refrigeration plant was found.

It was subsequently found that three kilometers of river had been affected, with 2,760 dead adult fish plus several thousand more dead juvenile fish.

 

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