Ammonia polluted 6.5km of stream at Shipdham when slurry leaked from a farm lagoon, King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard today (Thurs).
Farmer Kenneth William Proctor pleaded guilty to the pollution and was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £4,000 costs for causing the pollution in June last year that killed fish and damaged invertebrate species.
Environment Agency prosecutor Mrs Miriam Tordoff told the court that a pipe leaked from a lagoon that collected dirty water from the washing of sand bedding for cattle.
She said a pipe from the lagoon connected to a surface water pipe leading to the stream that the defendant had installed.
The farmer told the Agency that he accepted the lagoon was the likely cause of the pollution but was not sure how the incident had happened. He had since had the pipes removed.
After the hearing Environment Agency officer Simon Engler said: “Clean, healthy and readily available water is essential for economic growth, health and wellbeing.
“The quality of England’s rivers is improving but pollutions such as this can set things back.
“It is essential that regular checks are made of operation that has the potential to pollute.”
Proctor pleaded guilty to:
On or about 3 June 2013 you did cause poisonous, noxious or polluting matter to enter inland freshwaters, namely an unnamed tributary of the river Yare at Grange Farm, Shipdham, Thetford, Norfolk, IP25 7NQ without being authorised by an environmental permit.
Contrary to regulations 12(1)(b) and 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010