Henergy Cage-Free fined over effluent dumping

23:43, Apr 03 2014

Masterton chicken farm Henergy Cage-Free has been hit with a $40,000 fine for dumping effluent without consent.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council laid charges against Henergy for discharging effluent onto land without a resource consent.

It believed Henergy had dumped the effluent from its farms several times a year for some time, and the waste had probably got into tributaries of the Whangaehu Stream.

Environmental regulation manager Alistair Cross said Henergy had not kept its consents up with the size of its business.

It had continued operating in the same way as it had when it was a much smaller operation even after it had grown significantly.

Since being issued with an abatement notice in November, Henergy had done a comprehensive review and upgraded its infrastructure while applying for new consents, Cross said.

"They have been a pleasure to work with and have since gone beyond meeting compliance requirements to working to best-practice standards."

Environment Court judge Craig Thompson fined the company $40,000, but noted its co-operation with the council.

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