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Laurelvale Pumping Station Pollution Incident

08 June 2010 8:36

NI Water can confirm it was fined today for a pollution incident at Laurelvale Sewage Pumping Station on 23 October 2008. NI Water believes that the fine of £15,000 does not reflect the nature of the incident and will be appealing the decision.

A spokesperson said:

“The incident at Laurelvale Sewage Pumping Station occurred when an alarm failed to go off at the Station.

“NI Water takes any issue of pollution extremely seriously and has taken steps to ensure a similar incident at Laurelvale Sewage Pumping Station does not happen again. This incident was a low environmental impact as no fish were killed.

“NI Water is also tackling serious long term underinvestment in this and other water infrastructure across Northern Ireland. When this investment programme is complete, such incidents will become less common.

NI Water cooperated fully with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency throughout this process. NI Water will be appealing this decision.”

NI Water views the protection of the environment as a major priority and takes the role in safeguarding it extremely seriously. NI Water is also the only public body in Northern Ireland to enjoy International ISO 14001 status, an international standardisation awarded based on a company’s environmental management system.

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