Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Train staff and avoid pollution prosecution


Train staff and avoid pollution prosecution

For immediate release: Monday 8 March 2004

A judge’s decision to heavily fine two Bay of Plenty dairy farmers for pollution caused by their employees has sent a clear warning to farmers to train staff well or take the consequences.

Environment Bay of Plenty recently prosecuted two eastern Bay of Plenty farmers for separate offences related to the discharging of dairy effluent into a stream. An Environment Court judge fined one farmer $5000 and the other $3,500 plus costs.

Andy Bruere, Environment Bay of Plenty’s principal compliance officer, says in both cases the pollution resulted from staff not operating effluent treatment systems properly. But, under the Resource Management Act, ignorance “is not a good enough excuse”, he explains. “The law says the owner of the farm is liable for his or her staff’s actions. So it’s very important that farmers train their staff in all aspects of farming, including effluent treatment and disposal. It can cost them a lot of money if they don’t.”

Mr Bruere is pleased the Environment Court has taken “such a serious view” of the matter. The judge even indicated fines may increase if farmers do not get the message, Mr Bruere says. “Most farmers are doing well and we have no problem with them. But there are a few who are not up to standard and they give the rest a bad name.”

Environment Bay of Plenty has created a series of information sheets with details of maintenance schedules for dairy effluent treatment systems. They are laminated and have adhesive on the back so they can be easily put up on the wall of dairy sheds.

The information includes lists of the daily, weekly, monthly and annual checks for farm pond soakage systems, farm pond systems where consents allow discharge to a drain or stream, and farm irrigation systems. For free copies, please call Jo Francis at Environment Bay of Plenty on 0800 ENV BOP (368 267).


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election