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10Feb94 UK: RIVER POLLUTERS FACE SITE CLOSURES - NRA.

Contractors which pollute rivers face having their sites shut down.The National Rivers Authority issued the warning after figures showed building and demolition contractors to be the country's main polluters of waterways.An NRA spokesman said: 'It is an offence to allow noxious substances to enter waterways and we can stop whatever activity is causing that pollution.'There is a big problem with the construction industry.'Evidence of the NRA's tough line came at Sedgemoor Magistrates' Court last week where Wimpey Wessex Water was fined £4,000 with £750 costs.The contractor pleaded guilty to polluting Durleigh Brook in Somerset while building a nearby water treatment plant.Site excavations had caused discolouration and clouding of a 2 km stretch of the stream.NRA water quality inspector Matthew Sully said: 'Effluent from construction sites must be properly managed and correctly disposed of to prevent pollution.'NRA figures show building and demolition contractors are responsible for one-in-five cases of industrial pollution. CONSTRUCTION NEWS