Dirty Dairying ratbag cops another fine

The problem with these ratbags is that they see paying a fine as an acceptable cost of doing business.

A recidivist polluter has been handed the biggest fine for dirty dairying in Taranaki history.

Rahotu dairy farmer Francis John Mullan, 64, was fined $66,000 in the Environment Court today for two charges of discharging effluent into groundwater and a stream on one of his eight farms.

Taranaki Regional Council director of resource management Fred McLay said the fine was the largest of its kind ever imposed in the region for discharge of dairy effluent and the council had applied for an enforcement order to get Mullan to comply with resource consents.

“The fine and the enforcement order application deliver a strong message about the need for all consent-holders to take their resource management responsibilities very seriously to protect our environment,” McLay said.

Mullan pleaded not guilty to the two charges but a jury returned a guilty verdict after a two and a half day trial in December.  

Judge Craig Thompson said Mullan viewed himself “too important to be part of the rules and responsibilities that apply to the rest of the farming world”.

Thompson said the culmulative effect of the pollution on the land and waterways was significant.

As we can see though the farmer gets pinged but over in the Hawkes Bay when a local council dumps shit into the river no prosecution happens.

This guy though has a record of breaking the law.

According to a summary of facts, Mullan has a history of non compliance for all eight of his dairy farms.

His offending dates back to 1999, including effluent flowing into a stream and ponding on pasture, and effluent ponds not managed properly.

We all want clean rivers, lakes and oceans…that isn’t helped by ratbag farmers or lackadaisical local bodies more intent on protecting their mates than prosecuting and protecting all of their ratepayers from pollution.

 

– Taranaki Daily News


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