Quarry owner fined for ‘high level’ stream pollution

The owners of a quarry in north Wales have been ordered to pay almost £39,000 for polluting five kilometres of a watercourse on two occasions.

Both the Alltami Brook, which flows by Parry’s Quarry in Flintshire, and its distributary the Wepre Brook, which flows into the river Dee, were affected by the incidents in October and November 2017, North East Wales Magistrates’ Court was told late last month. They were heavily discoloured with silt, putting fish and their spawning grounds at risk.

The pollution was traced to Parry’s Quarry in the Flintshire village of Alltami, owned by Mold Investments Ltd. Natural Resources Wales officers found that the quarry did not have the adequate pollution prevention methods in place, causing a bank below an outlet pipe to be smothered in red sediment and the water to turn chocolate brown.

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