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EPA issues fines for dumping cattle carcasses

08 November 2011

A dairy-farming couple from Tasmania’s north-west has been fined by the EPA for dumping cattle carcasses on to a forestry coupe near Smithton.

In August this year, the husband and wife were issued with Environmental Infringement Notices totalling $1950.

Director EPA Alex Schaap said staff in the EPA Division investigated the incident after it was reported by an officer from Forestry Tasmania.

“The EPA received a complaint in relation to a number of cattle carcasses dumped onto forestry coupes near Smithton,” Mr Schaap said.

“An investigation was conducted, resulting in the issuing of the Environmental Infringement Notices.”

“The couple was also issued with a notice requiring them to remove all carcasses and to dispose of them in accordance with the Animal Health Act,” Mr Schaap said.

“This legislation requires property owners to bury, burn or otherwise suitably dispose of an animal carcass within a reasonable time after the carcass has been discovered.”

If the livestock are cattle and are identified with National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) electronic ear tags, farmers will need to record the tag numbers and register the cattle as deceased on the NLIS Database.

The Safety and Environment officer for Forestry Tasmania's Murchison District, Theresa Weller, said the organisation's environmental management system was committed to preventing or reducing the amount of waste dumped on State forest.

"Forestry Tasmania has pride in the way it manages the land under its tenure and successful prosecutions like this are a deterrent against others using State Forest as a dumping ground," Ms Weller said.

The Environment Protection Authority is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Litter Act.

Between January 2008 and 31 October 2011, 2972 litter reports were made to the Litter Hotline, resulting in 1441 infringement notices, 127 written warnings and five abatement notices being issued.

Anyone witnessing littering in Tasmania can report it to the Look Who’s Littering online reporting system or phone the Litter Hotline on 1300 135 513.

For more information on the NLIS Database contact the Registrar of Brands Office in the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) on (03) 6233 6885 or (03) 6233 3565.