An Argyll company was fined £2,000 at Dumbarton Sheriff Court yesterday (16 October) after admitting they had failed to provide their garden centre at Gartocharn Road, Balloch with a sewage treatment system sufficient to meet limits designed to protect the environment.
Cowal Building and Plumbing Supplies Limited had previously pled guilty to failing to comply with the requirements of an enforcement notice which specified that an additional sewage treatment system must be installed by 19 October 2009 to ensure they met the conditions of their licence. The matter was investigated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and a report was sent to the Procurator Fiscal. The company originally pled on 26 May 2011 and sentence was deferred several times until the problem was resolved.
The company has held an authorisation since September 2008 permitting them to discharge treated sewage effluent to the Ballagan Burn. The authorisation requires compliance with strict standards and SEPA samples the treated effluent to ensure compliance.
A routine sample taken in 2008 failed the upper tier limit for biochemical oxygen demand and so formal sampling procedures began. Nine formal samples were taken by SEPA between January 2009 and February 2010 and all failed to meet the licence conditions.
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