‘Tragic’ river pollution incident costs firm £40,000

A livestock feed producer has agreed a £40,000 payout after a leak of 200 cubic metres of digestate from its plant killed nearly 20,000 fish in a special area of conservation.

The leak, from Pencefn Feeds Ltd’s anaerobic digestion plant near Tregaron, Ceredigion, is thought to have killed 18,000 fish along eight kilometres of the river Teifi. Around 200 cubic metres is thought to have been lost in December 2016, causing a category one pollution incident.

The river is one of the most important recreational and net fisheries for salmon and sea trout in Wales and has been designated a special area of conservation for salmon. The incident was reported by the public to Natural Resources Wales (NRW), whose officers soon tracked down its source.

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