Kyogle Council fined for failing to publish pollution data

KYOGLE Council has been fined $1000 by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority for failing to publish pollution monitoring results on their website.

EPA Manager North Coast Region Brett Nudd said the lack of pollution monitoring results on the council's website was picked up during an investigation into Kyogle's Sewage Treatment Plants.

"During an investigation by EPA officers into the performance of Kyogle's Sewage Treatment Plants, the EPA became aware that Kyogle Council had failed to comply with its requirement to publish pollution monitoring results on council's website," he said.

Mr Nudd said the requirement to publish monitoring data had been in place for more than two years and the EPA had previously asked Kyogle Council to upload its pollution monitoring results to its website by August 22, 2014.

"Council did not comply with this request and the decision was made by the EPA to issue Kyogle Council with a penalty notice for breaching the requirements of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act," he said.

Mr Nudd said that publishing pollution monitoring results ensured the public had access to information about the environmental performance of licensed facilities.



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