Farmer fined £8,000 for slurry pollution in Scotland

SEPA has prosecuted a farming partnership for polluting a mile-long stretch of water in Renfrewshire with 150,000 gallons of slurry

Agricultural slurry is a useful fertiliser but is a highly polluting substance to the water environment. Photograph: 123RFA farming business has been fined £8,000 for an enormous slurry discharge in Renfrewshire.

The Robert J Carruth partnership was sentenced on 7 December at Paisley Sheriff Court after polluting Locher Water near Kilbarchan.

The court heard that the partnership failed to “adequately maintain” the sluice gates of High Auchensale Farm’s slurry storage tower resulting in an uncontrollable free-flow between its slurry tower and reception pit.

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