Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Watchdog facing big fine as angler sues over pollution
By Richard Savill
(Filed: 11/04/2006)

Britain's environment watchdog faces a large fine after a fly fisherman successfully prosecuted it for polluting a river.
The Environment Agency admitted responsibility for the pollution in the first such case against the watchdog in its 10-year history.
The prosecution followed the death last September of hundreds of young salmon and trout on a tributary of the river Exe in Devon.
The agency contracted May Gurney, from Norwich, to carry out work on a flow- monitoring station on the Barle, a tributary of the Exe, Cullompton magistrates heard.
Cement waste containing hazardous chemicals should have been pumped away from the river but was instead allowed to flow into it.
Sarah Fry, the bench chairman, said: "This incident was rated by the Environment Agency as a level-one incident, the worst type. Given that the Environment Agency is the watchdog, it is extremely serious when they themselves fail to comply."
Daily Telegraph


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