Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has laid seven charges against a company under the Environment Protection Act 1970 following a comprehensive investigation into emissions from a particle board manufacturing facility at Benalla.
The company charged is: Monsbent Pty Ltd, operating at 42 Yarrawonga Road, Benalla.
Five of the charges allege that samples taken from the premises for testing showed that emissions of particles, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Carbon Monoxide and Oxides of Nitrogen all exceeded the limits specified in the company’s EPA-issued licence to operate the facility.
Two additional charges allege that nuisance particles were being allowed to leave the premises and that the company had failed to notify EPA of the breaches, which is required as a condition of the same EPA-issued licence to operate.
Breaching the conditions of the 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