Doreen’s milk spill sends money down the drain
A company has been fined more than $5,000 after staff at a Doreen gas station poured waste milk down a storm drain that leads to local waterways.
EPA Victoria officers discovered that staff at the United Petroleum station on Bridge Inn Road had poured around 144 liters of milk and iced coffee down the drain, after the contents of the containers became stale.
Staff said they didn’t realize it was pollution.
The investigation began on June 18, when a witness sent video to the EPA showing station personnel emptying a collection of two- and three-liter milk jugs down the drain, along with 13 containers of iced coffee.
EPA agents discovered that the storm drain next to the main entrance to the storefront was filled with a foamy white liquid.
The EPA has fined the service station operator, Duo Group Pty Ltd, of Ferntree Gully Road, Clayton, $5,452.
EPA Northern Metropolitan Regional Director Chloe Bernett said milk does not appear to be a serious industrial pollutant, but it can still harm the environment.
“The sewage system can handle milk waste, but storm drains cannot. They lead to local waterways where decaying nutrients can cause toxic algae blooms, kill aquatic life and cause odors” , Ms. Bernett said.
“It’s important to let storm drains do their job and bring rainwater to where it can do good, including streams, rivers, wetlands and the bay, without being contaminated with waste. decomposing that should have been taken to a sewage treatment plant.”
Under the Environmental Protection Act 2017 and the Offenses Act 2006, the operator has the right to have the offense notice reviewed or to be reviewed by a court.