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Environment Protection Authority

EPA requires Albury Council to fix odours from waste centre

Media release: 5 January 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued the Albury City Council with a fine of $8,000 for offensive odours at its waste management centre located at Hamilton Valley.

After a complaint received from a member of the public in relation to odour near the Albury waste management centre in September 2016, the EPA carried out an odour survey in the area surrounding the centre and identified a pungent wet rotting smell coming from the facility.

Acting EPA Regional Director South and West Nigel Sargent said the Council had a responsibility to minimise and control offensive odours at its waste facility.

“It is clear that residents of Hamilton Valley, Springdale Heights and Lavington have been impacted by offensive odours from the Albury waste management centre,” Mr Sargent said.

“While Council has made changes to the operations at the landfill to address the issue, offensive odours continue to impact on the community and Council has more to do to control odours.”

The EPA has required the Albury City Council, through a condition on the Council’s Environment Protection Licence, to undertake an air quality impact assessment and report back to the EPA by 30 June 2017.

The EPA expects the report to identify additional odours controls that the council will implement to improve the situation. Albury City Council has engaged a specialist air consultant to assist with this work.

Separately, the Council has also been required to treat leachate generated from the waste centre for disposal to sewer.

Penalty Notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance including formal warnings, official cautions, licence conditions, notices and directions and prosecutions.

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

People can report odours to the EPA’s 24-hour Environment Line on 131 555.  Detailed information, including the nature, type, time and wind direction greatly assists the EPA to identify and address odour.

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 05 January 2017