NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 28 Apr, 2021 03:00 am

Taupō companies fined for unlawfully discharging animal effluent into the environment

Taupō companies fined for unlawfully discharging animal effluent into the environment
A farming company, company director, and effluent spreading company were convicted.

Waikato Regional Council staff carried out a monitoring inspection at the farm on November 26, 2019.At a follow-up inspection by council staff on March 2 last year, a buried pipe carrying dairy shed effluent to a sump was found to have had an inspection hole cut in it.Council staff inspected the first of these farms, which milks about 1750 cows, on November 7, 2019, and found the unlined effluent storage pond designed to take effluent from the feed pad was overflowing, with effluent flowing down through a stormwater retention pond into a sinkhole in the ground.A follow-up inspection on November 21, 2019, found that effluent was still flowing into the sinkhole, despite directions from council staff to clean the effluent away and prevent further discharges.

Council staff found that EPSL staff had over-applied effluent over a large area causing significant ponding and runoff of effluent.Council staff also inspected the second Gardon farm, which milked 1600 cows, on November 21, 2019.

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