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Qld abattoir fined over ammonia leak

AAP logoAAP 23/11/2016 Stuart Layt

The Brisbane Magistrates Court © REUTERS/Greg White (AUSTRALIA) The Brisbane Magistrates Court A southeast Queensland abattoir has been fined $225,000 for releasing ammonia into a nearby creek, killing fish.

The Brisbane Magistrates Court was told officials from the Department of Environment and Logan City Council investigated sites in Native Dog Creek, downstream of the facility, from June to October 2014 after reports of dead fish.

They found the kills were due to uncapped and broken pipes releasing the chemical into the local environment.

The court found the Mt Cotton abattoir caused serious environmental harm and breached the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

In addition to the fine, the abattoir's owners were ordered to pay costs as well as almost $9700 in damages to two downstream landholders.

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