Lion Dairy and Drinks fined $15,000 for wastewater discharge

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued a penalty notice and fined Lion Dairy and Drinks Pty Ltd $15,000 for breaching the conditions of their Environment Protection Licence (EPL) at their Wetherill Park premises.

EPA Manager Sydney Industry Greg Sheehy said the company informed the EPA that on 9 September 2014 wastewater overflowed out of a pit on their premises and into a stormwater drain which serves Canley Vale Road and flows into Prospect Creek.

“The incident was caused by a crack in the pipework that served the trade wastewater system, which resulted from the company not maintaining its plant and equipment to a proper standard,” said Mr Sheehy.

“Licensees have a responsibility to ensure their equipment is working efficiently and properly to prevent incidents such as this, which can harm the environment and human health.”

Penalty notices are just one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance, including formal warnings, licence conditions, notices and directions, mandatory audits, enforceable undertakings, legally binding pollution reduction programs and prosecutions.

For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy