Knack­ery fined for il­le­gal dump­ing

Benalla Ensign - - News -

The owner of a Vi­o­let Town knack­ery pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity has been fined more than $1700 for dump­ing of­fal and an­i­mal car­casses on his prop­erty and set­ting them alight.

Fol­low­ing a re­port from the com­mu­nity, of­fi­cers from the En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Author­ity Vic­to­ria (EPA) vis­ited the Kings Rd premises in Oc­to­ber last year.

They dis­cov­ered knack­ery pro­cess­ing waste, mainly of­fal and car­casses, had been dumped down a three­me­tre deep pit and had been set alight.

EPA of­fi­cers is­sued the owner with no­tices re­quir­ing he stop dump­ing the knack­ery waste on his prop­erty and to clean-up the ex­ist­ing pit.

The no­tices com­plied with re­voked.

The owner was sub­se­quently fined $1771 for the dump­ing of industrial waste, namely knack­ery waste to land at a premises not li­censed or per­mit­ted to re­ceive it and also re­ceived an of­fi­cial warn­ing for burning the waste.

EPA North East act­ing manager Dan Hunt said it was dis­ap­point­ing that a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity had cho­sen to dump the waste from his knack­ery pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity on his own prop­erty.

‘‘De­posit­ing industrial waste in such an un­con­trolled way can cause land pol­lu­tion and ground­wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions want­ing to ac­cess th­ese re­sources,’’ he said.

‘‘This type of ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing of­fal and an­i­mal car­casses should be taken to lo­cal ren­der­ing plants where it can be re­pro­cessed.’’

Mr Hunt en­cour­aged the com­mu­nity to re­port pol­lu­tion to EPA on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or by vis­it­ing www.epa.vic.gov.au

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