Ulster Farm By-Products, the animal rendering operation near Glenavy in County Antrim, has been fined a total of £35,000 plus court costs at the Lisburn Magistrates Court. The company pleaded guilty to seven offences associated with offensive odours that occurred between 25th August 2010 and 28th February 2011.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) regulates the company under the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (NI) 2003. The conditions for controlling offensive odours are set out in a permit issued by NIEA.
The offences involved failure to use Best Available Techniques (BAT) to control offensive odours, failure to properly store and handle blood, hides and carcases as well as failure to maintain the plant in good operating condition.