Mackay Sugar accused of releasing effluent water from mill

UPDATE, Thursday: MACKAY Sugar Limited has been charged over the alleged "uncontrolled release of effluent water into waterways" from Marian Mill, confirms the Department of Environment.

The company - Australia's second largest sugar miller - has been hit with four charges, which are proceeding in Mackay Magistrates Court.

That includes one count of wilfully causing serious environmental harm and three counts of wilfully contravening a condition of an environmental authority, dated between August 11, 2016 and August 26, 2017.

"The charges relate to an uncontrolled release of effluent water into nearby waterways from Mackay Sugar's Marian Mill in August, 2016," a spokesperson told The Daily Mercury.

Mackay Sugar Limited had not entered pleas to the charges.

The case is next listed for a mention in the Mackay Magistrates Court in mid-May.

Mackay Sugar declined to comment while the case is before the courts.

INITIAL, Tuesday: MACKAY Sugar Limited, the country's second largest sugar milling company, has been hit with a string of charges it caused environmental harm and breached conditions.

The company faces four charges before Mackay Magistrates Court.

That includes three counts of wilfully contravening a condition of an environmental authority, and one of wilfully causing serious environmental harm at Marian, between August 11, 2016 and August 26, 2017.

Mackay Sugar declined to comment.

The the Department of Environment did not respond by deadline.



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