Tyrone businessman fined for contravening conditions of discharge consent

Date published: 06 November 2018

Today at Omagh Magistrates' Court, John Gerard Heaney (54) pleaded guilty and was fined £500, plus £15 Offenders Levy for breaching the terms of a discharge consent issued by the department.

On 6 December 2017 a Water Quality Inspector, acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency visited 135 Curr Road, Beragh to collect a sample of the premises trade effluent discharge.

The Inspector examined the sample point and observed dark coloured liquid containing visible oil and grease in the manhole. In accordance with procedures a tripartite statutory sample was collected.   

The sample was analysed and found to contain 550mg/l (milligrammes per litre) of suspended solids; the consented limit is 120mg/l. The sample contained visible oil or grease; against a limit of ‘nil’. The results of the analysis show that this discharge failed to comply with the consent conditions. The effluent was unsuitable for discharge.    

Anyone wishing to report a pollution incident can call the 24 hour Water Pollution Hotline on: 0800 80 70 60.

Notes to editors: 

  1. John Gerard Heaney was fined £500 and charged under Article 7(6) of the Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 with the offence of breaching the conditions of a discharge consent issued by the Department.
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