EPA issues fine to poultry processing facility
The NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Beresfield poultry processing facility Bartter Enterprises $15,000 for allegedly discharging high-strength effluent into Woodberry Swamp. This amount is claimed to be the largest fine that the NSW EPA is able to issue.
High-strength effluent can be damaging to natural ecosystems as it can lead to the growth of weeds and algae, which is why its release is tightly regulated.
“Under its licence, Bartter Enterprises is allowed to release a controlled amount of treated waste water,” said EPA Director Metro Operations David Gathercole.
“However, testing indicated that effluent treatment at the premises was inadequate resulting in a high concentration of chemical compounds being discharged into the swamp. This included elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorus.
“By issuing this penalty notice and enforcing a number of immediate, medium- and long-term actions — including modifying the on-site wastewater treatment plant — the EPA is emphasising the importance of Bartter’s responsibility to comply with the law, and protect the local sensitive environment.”
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