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Environment Protection Authority

Eastern Creek Operations Pty Ltd fined for causing offensive odour

Media release: 22 August 2017

A $8000 fine has been issued to Eastern Creek Operations Pty Ltd following an uncontained odour emission from the waste company’s biofilter.

Environment Protection Authority (EPA) officers were in the Eastern Creek area on 5 July when they noticed a smell emanating from Eastern Creek Operation’s Wallgrove Road facility.

EPA officers issued the company with a penalty notice for causing an offensive odour and breaching section 129 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act, 1997.

Greg Sheehy, Director of the EPA’s Waste Compliance Section, said Eastern Creek Operations Pty Ltd failed to properly operate the biofilter odour treatment system which heavily contributed to the offensive odour incident.

“The licensee uses a biofilter to remove odours from the air extracted from the enclosed composting building prior to being discharged,” Mr Sheehy said.

“At the time of the inspection the biofilter was undergoing maintenance and EPA officers observed sections of the biofilter media being removed and replaced.

“This reduced the biofilters capacity to effectively treat odour and the EPA believe that the company did not manage the airflow to the biofilter to allow for the reduced capacity of the biofilter.”

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve Environmental Compliance. The EPA takes a range of factors into account before delivering an proportionate regulatory response, including the degree of environmental harm, potential health impacts, compliance history, public interest and best environmental outcomes.

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 22 August 2017