Henergy Cage-Free fined over effluent dumping

Last updated 12:41 04/04/2014

Relevant offers

Farming

Farmer tried to 'influence' inspectors Is NZ missing the genetic revolution? Darfield dryer still the largest Arable farmers scan the skies Rural burn-offs leave residents fuming Escaping burn-offs cause havoc Farmers milking technology for results Delays frustrate hemp growers Milk is the go for firm Labour denies change on Lochinver sale

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.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Does the continued sale of New Zealand land to overseas interests concern you?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: Lochinver Station sale leaves Fed Farmers 'uneasy'

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

rural digi editions 4/9

Digital editions

Read our rural publications online