Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has laid an additional 11 charges against D. & R. Henderson, trading as Monsbent Pty Ltd, under the Environment Protection Act 1970, following a comprehensive investigation into emissions from the particle board manufacturing facility at Benalla.

A total of 18 charges have now been laid. 

The additional charges allege that Monsbent Pty Ltd contravened a condition of their licence in relation to air discharges. 

A director of the company has now also been charged with 18 offences related to the same allegations. 

Breaching the conditions of an EPA licence is a criminal offence under section 27(2) of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

EPA guidelines regarding the licensing of industry are available at epa.vic.gov.au.

The case is currently listed to appear in the Benalla Magistrates Court on 2 February 2021.

As the matter is now before the courts EPA will be making no further comment.


Reviewed 19 October 2020