ISL Waste Management Ltd fined for unconsented discharge

Date published: 03 September 2019

Today at Belfast Magistrates' Court, ISL Waste Management Ltd pleaded guilty and were fined £5,000 plus £15 Offenders Levy for allowing an unconsented discharge to enter a waterway.

On 6 April 2016, a Senior Water Quality Inspector examined the River Blackwater, a tributary of the Ballymartin/Sixmilewater at Park Road, Mallusk, and observed that it had a dark discolouration and an oily film on the surface. The inspector proceeded to Central Park, Mallusk and arrived at the rear of ISL’s premises. The Inspector discovered skips were being power washed. The dark coloured, oily discharge which contained flecks of orange was flowing along the roadside before entering a surface water gully. 

In accordance with procedures, a sample of the discharge was collected and analysed.  The inspector added green fluorescein dye to the drain, a short time later the dye was observed in the waterway. The impact of the discharge on the waterway was visible for a distance of two kilometres.

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Notes to editors: 

  1. ISL Waste Management Limited was charged for the offence on 6 April 2016 discharged trade or sewage effluent into a waterway or water contained in any underground strata or from land through a pipe into the sea outside the seaward limits of any waterway, namely the river Blackwater, contrary to Article 7(2) of the Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 as amended by the Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.
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