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Former Boscabel piggery manager pleads not guilty to emissions charges

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The previous supervisor of a piggery has pleaded not responsible to 29 counts of emissions violations over an allegedly defective waste digester and build-up of strong effluent on the farm in 2018.

Torben Soerensen was the supervisor of GD Pork in Boscabel close to Kojonup, 250 kilometres south-east of Perth. The case has been moved to Perth for trial.

The emissions expenses observe complaints from neighbours and a WA Division of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) probe into the odor coming from the piggery, which has two massive ponds to seize pig waste.

“Whenever you hung your washing out it smelled like a unclean pig. You could not sit on the verandah since you may style it.”

She stated the piggery’s odor started to overpower her property, 5 kilometres away from the piggery, after an anaerobic digester was put in — a machine which captures methane from decomposing manure.

“As soon as that began taking place there was only a stench,” she stated.

“It received disgusting in a short time and went to the place it was smelling seven days every week.”