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 January 15 and observed that the effl uent ponds were full and overfl owing, 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, Mr Adam Gilligan said the EPA considered 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 noncompliances follow the February 2016 fi nes for noncompliance 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 signifi cant fi nes and criminal penalties can be issued for noncompliances 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 identifi ed. 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.
Media release, Apr 12, 2016 Adam Gilligan, NSW Environment Protection Authority