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EPA fines Supreme Poultry and Chickens Pty Ltd for water pollution

Media release: 10 February 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued a $15,000 fine to Supreme Poultry and Chickens Pty Ltd following a pollution incident at its Shanes Park premises.

EPA and Blacktown City Council officers inspected the Supreme Poultry premises on 13 August 2015 and observed effluent discharged from Supreme Poultry flowing into a drainage line and towards a neighbouring dam that had been used for the irrigation of market garden crops. Officers directed Supreme Poultry to cease the pumping of effluent to avoid further potential for water pollution.

Subsequent testing of the effluent runoff revealed high levels of contaminants consistent with animal carcass processing, including faecal bacteria and blood.

Officers also found evidence of previous discharges of effluent from the Shanes Park premises onto neighbouring properties and observed that there was insufficient infrastructure to prevent the effluent escaping offsite.

EPA Senior Manager Waste Compliance, Chris McElwain, said effluent from animal processing should be treated and not allowed to enter waterways or dams used to irrigate crops.

“Supreme Poultry did not fully comply with this requirement,” Mr McElwain said.

“The EPA will continue to monitor this operator closely, to ensure it complies with the environmental regulations.”  

Penalty notices are just one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve compliance with the Protection of the Environment Operations Act, others include investigation, prevention and clean up notices; official cautions; 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

www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm.

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Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 10 February 2016