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EPA fines Visy Paper $8,000 for offensive odours

Media release: 18 December 2015

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued an $8,000 fine to Visy Paper Pty Ltd after offensive odours were detected coming from its Smithfield facility.

 EPA Acting Director Metropolitan Greg Sheehy said the Penalty Notice was issued on 16 December for breaching section 129 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

 “The EPA undertook inspections and odour surveys at the premises in November this year after receiving complaints from members of the community about offensive odours coming from the site.

 “The EPA’s odour surveys detected very strong offensive trash type odours beyond the southern boundary which was caused by the processing and storage of waste at the premises.

 Mr Sheehy said industries have a responsibility to manage odours from their operations so that they do not impact on their neighbours.

“It is the responsibility of licence holders to comply with all the conditions of their licence and a failure to do so can result in regulatory action from the EPA,” Mr Sheehy said.

 Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance, including formal warnings, licence conditions, notices and directions, mandatory audits, enforceable undertakings, legally binding pollution reduction programs and prosecutions.

 The EPA must also take a range of factors into account before delivering a proportionate regulatory response, including the degree of environmental harm, whether or not there are any real or potential health impacts, if the action of the offender was deliberate, compliance history, public interest and best environmental outcomes.

 For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm.

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Contact: Laura Brice

Page last updated: 18 December 2015