24 Feb 2021

Silver Fern Farms fined more than $330k over ammonia leak

From Checkpoint, 5:50 pm on 24 February 2021

Silver Fern Farms has been fined more than $330,000 over an ammonia leak at its Hawera plant that was potentially lethal to its staff, emergency services personnel and nearby residents.

The February 2020 leak is also being described as likely the worst single-point freshwater pollution event - in terms of fish killed - in New Zealand history.

Our Taranaki Whanganui reporter Robin Martin was in the Environment Court at Hawera for the sentencing.