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McLaughlin calls for action on major fish kill

20 June, 2008

Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (South Antrim) has called on the Environmental and Heritage Services (EHS) to leave no stone unturned in their efforts to identify the source of the pollution of the 6 mile river.

Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"If it is found that the pollution was as a result of negligence then resolute action needs to be taken against those responsible.

"The pollution of our rivers is a far too regular occurrence and if need be then deterrent sanctions must be applied to anyone found guilty of negligent or premeditated pollution.

"The pollution of this river has been classified by the EHS as a high severity incident. Constituents who have contacted my Office have described this mass fish kill as a scene of devastation.

"I will be in touch with the Minister to get a full report on this latest incident and will be urging my Party colleagues on the Environment Committee to raise the issue as a matter of urgency." ENDS

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