THE owner of a Baranduda composting plant will now do battle with Wodonga Council at a hearing later this year.
The hearing involving Ileowl Pty Ltd, which operates Greenchip Recycling, was supposed to be heard yesterday and today.
But it was adjourned so as not to clash with another Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing involving Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority.
That matter started in Melbourne yesterday and closed with moves to change an agreement.
The council has taken the issue to VCAT in a bid to enforce orders against the plant.
It alleges Greenchip has been breaching a planning permit with the operation of the plant.
It has claimed Greenchip has allowed odours to be emitted from the plant, something the permit bans it from doing.
The Environmental Protection Authority action is specifically related to the technical aspects of how Greenchip accepts its products on site and then how it administers the product.
It was announced yesterday that VCAT would soon amend the pollution abatement notice on the terms agreed between the parties (Ileowl Pty Ltd and EPA Victoria).
In November, the EPA issued a pollution abatement notice requiring Ileowl, which operates the Greenchip business, to address offensive odour resulting from excess liquid waste.
Ileowl sought VCAT review of that notice and that matter has now been concluded.
Outstanding issues between the parties centred on the introduction of storage options that more effectively contained product as it moved through the plant, an EPA manager said.
Both the EPA and the council keep records of complaints made about any odours that they share for use in any prosecutions.
In a separate action, the EPA recently issued Ileowl Pty Ltd with a penalty infringement notice.
That amounts to a $7042 fine for the incident that involved EPA officers detecting “an offensive odour” upwind of, but also in the residential area of, Killara on April 19.