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Popcorn company fined after overflow of 2,500 litres of rapeseed oil

A County Antrim business has been fined for causing a discharge of trade effluent to enter a waterway.

Golden Popcorn Ltd, Orchard Close, Newpark Industrial Estate, Antrim pleaded guilty and were fined £400 plus £15 Offenders Levy at Antrim Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ballymena.

The court heard that on 3 March 2022 a Water Quality Inspector (WQI) acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) responded to a report of oil present in a waterway. 

The WQI examined the Hollow Burn and discovered oil present on the surface of the waterway. The WQI traced the oil upstream to Golden Popcorn Ltd premises. The escape of oil had occurred when a shut-off valve on an oil reception tank had been left open, causing the tank to overfill and overflow. 

This resulted in the spill of more than 2,500 litres of rapeseed oil flowing onto the surrounding area before entering the nearby water systems and the Hollow Burn, a tributary of the Six Mile Water. In accordance with procedures a tripartite statutory sample was collected.

Anyone wishing to report a pollution incident can call the 24 hour Water Pollution Hotline on: 0800 80 70 60.


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