Huon Aquaculture Company Pty Ltd was fined $40,000 yesterday (4 May 2020) in the Hobart Magistrates Court for the illegal disposal of wastewater, contravening environmental conditions at its Whale Point netwash facility in early 2018.
Huon pleaded guilty under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA) to one charge of depositing a pollutant where it could reasonably be expected to cause material environmental harm, and to five charges of contravening conditions of an Environment Protection Notice (EPN).
The Magistrate found the company had deposited a total of 80,000 litres of drum washer wastewater on its Port Huon land that was not within concreted and bunded areas, and this was in direct contravention of its EPN condition.
He noted that the Company had failed to ensure staff were aware of the environmental conditions applicable to their operations, and this had contributed to the breaches.
The EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford noted that the sentencing imposed by the Court was appropriate, and also that the company had taken action to improve their processes in order to avoid future breaches.
“It is important that Tasmanian companies, particularly those seeking to lead their industry towards an environmentally sustainable future, do the right thing," Mr Ford said.
“Companies should be clear on the conditions imposed on their operations by the EPA and manage their operation to ensure activities do not cause environmental harm," he said.
“The sentencing is a good reminder for all Tasmanian businesses of the importance of complying with the State's environmental regulations," said Mr Ford.