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Plenty River area – organic waste management

​​​​​​​The pollution incident that occurred in the Plenty River in September 2020 is under investigation by the EPA. While this investigation continues and until the matter has been resolved, the EPA is unable to provide further detail other than the facts provided below:

​The EPA is managing a range of compliance matters associated with a Level 2 composting activity and other waste management works on agricultural land in the vicinity of the Plenty River. The permit relating to the Level 2 activity is DA162/09 granted by Derwent Valley Council in 2009 and varied by EPN 8894/1 in 2014; and there are two Environment Protection Notices (EPNs) relating to the management of waste on land, EPN10519/1 and EPN10535/1. Permits and EPNs are publicly available on LISTmap under "EPA Regulated Premises" at https://maps.thelist.tas.gov.au/listmap/app/list/map​. More information and help on accessing the LISTmap layer is available on the Site Information webpage.

EPN10519/1 has been substantially complied with. As of February 2021, EPN10535/1 is still in force, however, the ban imposed on the receipt of waste has been lifted. Audit reports required under EPN10535/1 will be made publicly available.

Monitoring has been undertaken in the Plenty River since the incident and water quality has been shown to be typical for a catchment which includes agricultural activities.  The EPA is continuing to monitor the regulated activities and is satisfied that practices which may have caused the incident have been rectified.  

Complaints and incidents can be referred to EPA by calling the Incident Response Hotline on 1800 005 171, or email incidentresponse@epa.tas.gov.au. Further details on reporting incidents and complaints can be found on our Pollution Incidents and Complaints webpage. ​​


Published on: 16/02/2021 10:12 AM

The Environment Protection Authority acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.