County coun­cil fined for pol­lut­ing Tinahely river

Fe­bru­ary 2002

Bray People - - NEWS -

WICKLOW County Coun­cil has been fined €350 and or­dered to pay over €1,500 in costs af­ter be­ing convicted of al­low­ing im­prop­erly treated sewage into a river in Tinahely last Septem­ber.

A case against the coun­cil was taken at Wicklow Dis­trict Court this week by the Eastern Re­gional Fish­eries Board as a re­sult of in­spec­tions car­ried out at the river in Tinahely on Septem­ber 29 of 2001.

The coun­cil pleaded guilty to one breach of the 1959 Fish Act.

Don­n­chadh Byrne, Fish­eries En­vi­ron­men­tal Of­fi­cer with the Eastern Re­gional Fish­eries Board, told the court on Tues­day that when he vis­ited the river on the date in ques­tion, there was a turgid dis­charge go­ing into the wa­ter while there was sewage fun­gus grow­ing on the riverbed, some dis­tance down­stream from the lo­cal sewage treat­ment plant.

The sam­ples taken at the plant and down­stream all in­di­cated higher than ac­cept­able lev­els of sus­pended solids and BOD while the up­stream sam­ple was sat­is­fac­tory.

The dis­charge com­ing from the plant would be dam­ag­ing to fish life, the of­fi­cer con­firmed, al­though no fish kill was re­ported on this oc­ca­sion.

Frank Mc­Gov­ern, act­ing se­nior ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer with Wicklow County Coun­cil ex­plained that a new treat­ment plant was in place but wasn’t yet run­ning at high enough stan­dards.

Judge Don­n­chadh O Buachalla heard that the max­i­mum fine for such a breach of the act was €1,270. He im­posed a €350 fine and also in­structed the coun­cil to pay the fish­eries’ board ex­penses of €1,072 and le­gal costs of €500.

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