Brooklyn business fined over $8000 after residents report rotten odour

Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Australian Tallow Producers Pty Ltd more than $8,000 after officers inspected the company’s Brooklyn-based site and found they had not complied with an enforcement order.

Australian Tallow holds an EPA licence for a rendering facility and manufacturing meal and tallow from mixed abattoir material, however the EPA had ordered the company to install odour control works by a certain date, but it failed to meet the deadline.

EPA Regional Manager Metro Daniel Hunt said the company was provided formal notice and given a number of opportunities to comply, but after two extensions of the deadline the company had still failed to complete the required works.

“The notice was first issued in December 2017, in response to reports of offensive odour in the Brooklyn residential area, where EPA officers confirmed a strong odour with rotting meat characteristics,” Mr Hunt said.

“The company was instructed to modify its waste receival and storage activities to occur in a low-pressure indoor so that any air leaving the building could be directed through a treatment system, to prevent strong odour from escaping to the atmosphere.”

The EPA issued a $8,060 fine to Australian Tallow under the under the Environment Protection Act 1970, and it is understood the EPA will continue to monitor and communicate with the company to ensure it completes the works.

It is not the first time that the EPA has prosecuted Australian Tallow for odour related offences affecting the local community. The EPA previously prosecuted the company for odour related offences during 2010 and 2011.

Under the Environment Protection Act 1970 and the Infringements Act 2008, the company has the right to have the decision to issue the infringement notice reviewed or alternatively to have the matter heard and determined by a court.

Willy and Hobby understands that new environment laws for Victoria take effect on 1 July 2020 and introduce a general environmental duty requiring businesses and individuals to prevent harm to the environment and human health.

Members of the public are advised that they can report odour and other types of pollution to the EPA by phoning the 24-hour hotline on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842) or submit a report online at the EPA website.

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