New water fine - £23,000

Withgill Farm and Wilson’s Contractors Ltd from Great Mitton, near Clitheroe, Lancashire, were prosecuted on 8 October by the Environment Agency following a pollution incident where farm slurry polluted the River Hodder.

Sector: Agriculture

Total payout: Both companies were fined £11,500 and each ordered to pay £4,063 in costs

Type: Prosecution

Date: October 2019

Location: England

Offender: Withgill Farm and Wilson’s Contractors

Follow-up: Environment Agency press release

Description of offence: Causing a water discharge activity not authorised by an environmental permit, contrary to Regulation 12(1)(b) and 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016.

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