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Farmer fined for pollution.

Silage effluent from a County Durham farm ran down a hill and found its way into a watercourse, Durham magistrates heard.

Colin Mace, of Esh, near Durham, admitted causing polluting matter, silage effluent, to enter the River Browney near Wall Nook.

He was fined pounds 1,000 and ordered to pay pounds 500 costs to the Environment Agency, which brought the prosecution. The court heard that the agency received a complaint from a member of the public claiming that silage effluent had polluted a stream which ran through their garden.

Officers found silage effluent discharging from a small tributary which ran through the gardens of Wall Nook Lane and into the River Browney. The silage was traced back to a farm where there was a silage heap, uncontained effluent and a 20- metre wide strip of scorched grass running down a hill from the silage heap towards the polluted tributary.

The court heard that Mace had now spent pounds 6,000 on a preventitive system.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 24, 2004
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