Farmer guilty of illegal dumping
A Hawera farmer has been sentenced to 250 hours community service and six months home detention for illegally dumping waste on his farm in 2008.
Alan Victor Mouland, 61, was given the sentence when he appeared in the Environment Court in New Plymouth this morning.
Mouland and fellow offenders admitted dumping waste at his property shortly after the Taranaki Regional Council caught them in the act with surveillance cameras in May 2008.
Council officers who searched the site found batteries, oil, paint, asbestos and electrical waste among other items in the landfill.
Toxic pollutants were found in the soil and water and the air was also polluted during the burning of waste when a thick, black smoke travelled over Hawera.
Mouland was initially ordered to carry out remedial work on his property and pay $50,000 in fines.
He failed to comply to the remedial work which was eventually completed by the regional council, however, paid the balance of his fine late last year.
Mouland said he was had learnt his lesson and was happy the saga had come to an end.
''I'm quite happy with the outcome.
''I have no intention of doing anything like that ever again,'' he said.
Taranaki Daily News