Glastonbury Festival fined £31k for river sewage pollution
The organisers of Glastonbury Festival have been ordered to pay £31,000 for polluting a local river with untreated sewage.
More than 4 km of the Whitelake River in Somerset was polluted during the festival in 2014 after approximately 20,000 gallons of untreated sewage escaped from a temporary storage tank on a farm at Pilton, near Shepton Mallet.
The pollution killed more than 40 fish, including 29 bullhead, a European protected species, and effectively wiped out the local trout population, according to the Environment Agency.
The agency monitors water quality in the river throughout the festival using telemetry equipment ...