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Glastonbury fined over sewage leaks

Glastonbury fined over sewage leaks

A judge yesterday declared that Glastonbury Festival should have to pay a £31,000 fine for a sewage leak.

At the festival in 2014 thousands of gallons came as the result of a shit spill. Gushing from one of three large steel tanks on site, it infected a nearby stream and harmed the water quality, killing 42 fish.

In court The Environmental Agency said the festival "has evolved more rapidly than the ability to deal with the waste” claiming that more than 4km of the Whitelake river was polluted with 20,000 gallons of untreated sewage. Glastonbury's failure to immediately alert the Agency through a hotline, meanwhile, resulted in an eight-hour delay that "seriously deteriorated" the water quality, said an EA spokeswoman.

The Environmental Agency said in court that the festival "has evolved more rapidly than the ability to deal with the waste”, before claiming that more than 4km of the Whitelake river was polluted with 20,000 gallons of untreated sewage. Glastonbury's failure to immediately alert the Agency through a hotline, meanwhile, resulted in an eight-hour delay that "seriously deteriorated" the water quality, said an EA spokeswoman.

The festival was found, however, to have "low culpability" for the incident, and was praised by district judge.

Michael Eavis commented after the verdict: “It’s a great result and I think we were listened to fairly. I don’t really think it was necessary to get this far. We pleaded guilty to make it easier for them yet they still wanted to pursue this case. I think it was a bit of a waste of time, to be honest with you. It wasn’t that serious a crime really. We did our very, very best when we found the leak – we really did all that we should have done within the timescale.

“This wasn’t really necessary," he continued. "We should have been doing something else. It will not happen again. We’re putting together the biggest show in the world in four weeks’ time.”


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