Northumbrian Water fined £3,000 for polluting stream

Northumbrian Water has pleaded guilty to polluting a stream in County Durham with sewage

Northumbrian Water has pleaded guilty to polluting a stream in County Durham with sewage before Peterlee magistrates.

On 6 August, the court fined the company £3,000 with costs of £2,429 for failing to comply with its environmental permit, contrary to regulations 12(1)b and 38(2) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

The Environment Agency told the court that an officer had visited the Gore burn near Shotton on 18 June 2011, following a report of pollution from a member of the public. The stream was grey and cloudy and smelt of sewage.

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