Local Government (Water Pollution) Act, 1977

Notification of accidental discharges.

14.—(1) As soon as practicable after the occurrence of an accidental discharge, spillage or deposit of any polluting matter which enters or is likely to enter any waters or a sewer, the person responsible shall notify the local authority in whose functional area the discharge, spillage or deposit occurs or, in the case of a sewer, the sanitary authority in which the sewer is vested or by which it is controlled.

(2) A person who fails to comply with subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £250.

(3) A prosecution for an offence under this section may be taken by a local authority or a sanitary authority.