Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has fined a Coburg North company nearly $8000 for failing to comply with a Pollution Abatement Notice (PAN) that required a report on noise reduction measures at its Norfolk Court factory.
EPA Metro Acting Regional Manager Steven Pugh said EPA officers issued the fine to Stagono P/L of Norfolk Court, Coburg North, after the company installed noise reduction measures as instructed, but then failed to conduct sufficient noise testing or provide a full report within the time required.
“This started with noise issues from a large refrigeration unit at the factory affecting homes in neighbouring streets,” Mr Pugh said.
“EPA issued a PAN requiring the company to install controls to limit night time noise emissions by 7 August 2017 and provide a report with details of the works completed by 14 August 2017. The company did install noise control measures, but the report back to EPA was late, and lacked sufficient evidence to demonstrate compliance,” he said.
“The company called in consultants to log the sound levels, but only produced data for one hour, and did not test it in different conditions; a steady wind in the direction of neighbouring houses could easily carry the sound much further.”
EPA had reminded the company of its reporting deadline, that proper logging was required and that the company should also check with residents in nearby streets.
“This case is a reminder to all businesses of the importance of complying with a legally enforceable Pollution Abatement Notice, and of providing the proper documentation to show the actions have been completed and the problem resolved,” Mr Pugh said.
Under the Environment Protection Act 1970 and the Infringements Act 2008, Stagono P/L has the right to have the decision to issue the infringement notice reviewed or alternatively to have the matter heard and determined by a court.
Members of the public can report noise, odour and other pollution of the environment to the 24-hour EPA pollution hotline, by calling 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC). There’s more information at www.epa.vic.gov.au/get-involved/report-pollution