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EPA issues $8,000 to Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd for offensive odours

Media release: 10 May 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd with an $8,000 fine for offensive odours detected beyond the boundary of its Horsley Park Waste Management Facility.

EPA officers detected an offensive odour outside the facility during an unannounced site inspection on 25 February 2016.

EPA Senior Manager Waste Compliance, Chris McElwain, said the EPA has previously raised the issue of odours being emitted from the facility with Veolia. However, during the inspection on 25 February 2016, the officers observed that daily cover had not been adequately applied over waste tipped on the previous day. This is believed to have contributed to the offensive odour detected by the EPA officers.

The EPA has issued a penalty notice to Veolia.  The EPA will continue to monitor Veolia’s operations to reduce the risk of offensive odour emanating from the premises.

“The EPA will also continue its broader regulatory work to tackle odours in the area, including random odour surveys, inspections and responding to complaints from residents,” said Mr McElwain.  

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.

Contact: EPA Media Officer

Page last updated: 10 May 2016