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ABATTOIR PAYS PRICE FOR FORGETTING RESPONSIBILITIES
22 February 2012
EPA Victoria has fined Stawell abattoir Frewstal PTY Ltd more than $6000 for illegally dumping rubbish.
The dumping of animal carcass, treated timber and concrete on land near Frewstal’s Abattoir Rd site has now cost the company more than simply taking the industrial waste to a licensed landfill in the first place.
EPA North West manager Tim Eaton explained that the regulator licenses abattoirs to effectively manage their environmental responsibilities along with the expectations of the communities in which they operate.
“An experienced licence holder such as Frewstal should have a good understanding of waste management and the laws that require waste to be deposited at approved locations,” Mr Eaton said.
“Seeking to save money by not taking waste to landfill will prove costly in the long run.”
EPA inspected Frewstal ahead of a proposed license amendment, when they noted large amounts of stockpiled timber and concrete.
The concrete waste had been dumped in a small pit, there was timber and small amounts of plastic piled alongside.
Mr Eaton said that it was clear the site had been used as a dump site for some time.
As officers continued their inspection, they found two more pits, this time filled with dead sheep.
EPA issued Frewstal Pty Ltd with a Clean Up Notice requiring them to remove all of the industrial waste.
Frewstal Pty Ltd has 28 days to pay the fine, seek an internal review or have the matter dealt with in court.
EPA Media Consultant
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