Supreme Poultry and Chickens Pty has been fined AU$30,000 (US$23,000) by the New South Wales Environment Protection Agency (EPA), with the agency alleging the poultry company committed two breaches of the conditions of its Environmental Protection License (EPL) at its operation in the community of Mangrove Mountain. Each breach carries with it a $15,000 penalty.
According to a press release from the EPA, inspections were done at the premises on January 14 and inspectors observed that the effluent ponds were overflowing, the irrigation areas were not well-managed, and parts of the wastewater management system were not operating properly.
EPA Hunter Manager, Adam Gilligan, said that the EPA considers the multiple breaches to be serious, and the latest evidence of the company’s failure to comply with environmental requirements at its various premises.
“These latest non-compliances follow the February 2016 fines for non-compliance at Supreme Poultry’s Shanes Park (Sydney) premises,” Gilligan said. “The EPA has informed Supreme Poultry that it requires full compliance with all EPL conditions at all times and that significant fines and criminal penalties can be issued for non-compliances with license conditions.
The broiler company has been advised by the EPA that any further violations would result in legal proceedings.