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Biogas Firm Fined Over Moyola Fish Kill

7th February 2018
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The Altagoan joins the Moyola River northeast of Draperstown The Altagoan joins the Moyola River northeast of Draperstown Photo: OpenStreetMap

#FishKill - A bio-renewables plant has been fined £1,600 over a fish kill in an important salmon and trout angling catchment in Co Derry over a year ago, according to BBC News.

J&A Renewables was found to have allowed a slurry discharge into the Altagoan River, a tributary of the Moyola River, causing the death of a “significant” number of fish over a two-mile stretch in November 2016, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

The company, which uses slurry and silage to make biogas for power generation, was also found to be operating its anaerobic digester without a proper waste management licence.

A fine of £1,600 plus compensation costs of £1,800 was handed down by Magherafelt Magistrates Court.

MacDara Conroy

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