A pet food factory in the Bay of Plenty regional was prosecuted for odour and stormwater discharges. The pet food company pleaded guilty and were subsequently convicted and received a fine of approximately $120,000.
The odour discharge
What enforcement tools were used to ensure compliance for the odour and stormwater discharges prior to commencing a prosecution.
What are the 'ingredients' of an offence for an odour discharge and how does an enforcement officer prove an offensive/objectionable odour in the Bay of Plenty region?
What are the FIDOL factors and how are they used by an enforcement officer to prove an offensive/objectionable odour?
Potential areas the defendant may have challenged the enforcement officer's odour assessment and therefore defend the allegation the odour was "offensive and objectionable"
What does an experienced enforcement officer look like in relation to assessing odour and making determinations regarding offensive and objectionable odour.
The stormwater discharge
What matters in relation to the discharge of contaminants to land where they enter water?
What considerations should be given to volume of contaminants discharged?
What evidence was gathered to join the dots between between the on-site location of the discharge and the receiving environment?
An innovation for collecting water samples from a shallow puddle.
Thursday 21st October, 12:00pm
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Senior Regulatory Compliance Officer, Bay of Plenty Regional Council
I started my regulatory compliance officer career at the mighty Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council where I monitored a range of activities including open landfills, closed landfills, meat processing plants, meat rendering plants and milk powder factories. Since 2017 I have been employed by Bay of Plenty Regional Council in the compliance team where I currently work as an investigator.