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Environment Protection Authority

EPA fines Supreme Poultry and Chickens Pty Ltd $30,000

Media release: 12 April 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued two $15,000 penalty notices and six Official Cautions to Supreme Poultry and Chickens Pty Ltd for two breaches of the conditions of its Environment Protection Licence (EPL) at its Mangrove Mountain premises.

The EPA inspected the premises on 14 January 2016 and observed that the effluent ponds were full and overflowing, the irrigation areas were not managed in a competent manner, and parts of the waste water management system were not operating adequately.

EPA Hunter Manager, Adam Gilligan, said the EPA considers the multiple breaches to be serious, and the latest evidence of the company’s failure to comply with environmental requirements at its various premises.

“These latest non-compliances follow the February 2016 fines for non-compliance at Supreme Poultry’s Shanes Park (Sydney) premises,” Mr Gilligan said.

“The EPA has informed Supreme Poultry that it requires full compliance with all EPL conditions at all times and that significant fines and criminal penalties can be issued for non-compliances with licence conditions.

“The EPA has advised Supreme Poultry that any further contraventions of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 may result in the instigation of legal proceedings.”

The EPA has also imposed a number of Pollution Reduction Programs on the company to address the environmental concerns identified. Pollution reduction programs, or PRPs, are legally enforceable and become part of the licence issued by the EPA. The PRPs specify works or actions and the times for their completion.

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

 

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 12 April 2016