Stuff - Councils issue nearly twice as many pollution notices – and worst dairy farms are still to pay fines

Stuff - Councils issue nearly twice as many pollution notices – and worst dairy farms are still to pay fines

Two companies responsible for "chronic and insidious" dirty dairying have failed to pay fines of $225,000 imposed by the Environment Court.

Official figures reveal that the number of abatement and infringement notices issued nearly doubled to 683 in the past year, across all councils.

Clear Ridge Station Ltd and Beejay Stud Ltd were convicted on multiple charges in Whangarei in October. Farms owned by the sister companies discharged a huge amount of untreated dairy effluent into the Manganui River, which feeds into the Wairoa River and the Kaipara Harbour.

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