EPA fines dairy farmer over waste discharge

A KING Valley dairy farmer has been fined by Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) for discharging cattle waste from his property on to a nearby road.

The EPA said officers discovered the breach after attending the dairy farm in December last year and saw a browny-green liquid overflowing from the property’s drains on to a nearby road reserve, and noticed that it had a strong cattle waste odour emanating from it.

The EPA said samples taken of the waste found it contained significant levels of E.coli and other pollutants.

EPA issued the farmer with a Pollution Abatement Notice (PAN) requiring they modify their dairy effluent system to prevent any further discharges.

The EPA said the farmer has begun work on meeting the conditions outlined in the PAN.

The EPA also issued the farmer with a $1771 fine for depositing industrial waste (dairy effluent) to a site not licensed to receive it, which is in breach of section s27A(2)(a) of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

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