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Company Fined For Dairy Effluent Discharge

13 March 2009
A company has been convicted and fined in the Burnie Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to allowing dairy effluent to pollute a waterway at Smithton. Charges were laid against Hindlee Holsteins Pty Ltd after a quantity of dairy effluent discharged off a farm at Blameys Road, Mella in November 2007 when an effluent pump malfunctioned. In January this year the Company pleaded guilty to one count of depositing a pollutant where it may cause environmental harm. The company was this week fined $7000 plus court costs and $1042 in technical costs borne by the EPA. The magistrate told the court that the effects of the discharge had not been inconsequential and that the environment must be protected for present and future generations. The Director of the EPA in Tasmania Warren Jones said that the management of dairy effluent remains a significant environmental issue in many parts of the State. "Dairy effluent is a high strength pollutant that contains a range of pollutants," Mr Jones said. "It can cause serious environmental damage and render the water unsuitable for other industries." "In recent years, the dairy industry with support from NRM groups and the Department of Primary Industries and Water, has made significant improvements to the management of dairy effluent." "However, this case highlights the need for all dairy farmers to ensure that there is an appropriate effluent treatment system in place which is adequately monitored and maintained." "Untreated dairy effluent must not be discharged to waterways," Mr Jones said.