Department launches piggery odour investigation

Department launches piggery odour investigation

THE Department of Water and Environmental regulation is holding an odour investigation into GD Pork near Pinjarra.

Community consultation sessions will be held by appointment on Monday, August 12.

GD Pork applied to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to expand the piggery in 2015.

However, a department spokesman said the were not completed according to the works’ approval and there were significant design and construction shortcomings with what was built.

In November, GD Pork had been placed into administration and the premises was sold to Westpork.

Westpork is now required to comply with the conditions of the licence.

Westpork staff have proposed strategies to address issues associated with odour and waste management.

This includes desludging of the existing anaerobic pond, which has begun.

Department officers visited the premises on July 10 to observe the progress of establishing an area for the dewatering of sludge.

Desludging of existing ponds is expected to reduce odour emissions once completed.

On July 25, the department issued an Environmental Protection Notice to Westpork to restrict animal numbers on the premises.

A spokesman said this was considered necessary to reduce odour emissions from piggery operations.

The department will continue regular inspections of the premises.

WHAT: Westpork community consultation sessions

WHERE: Lesser Hall, 1915 Pinjarra Road, Pinjarra

WHEN: Monday, August 4pm to 6pm

TO BOOK: Email admince@dwer.wa.gov.au