EPA fines company for excessive dust in Port Macquarie

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Stabilised Pavements Australia Pty Limited $8,000 for causing excessive dust while applying lime during a road upgrade project in Port Macquarie.

The EPA's Environment Line received a complaint in October last year alleging excessive dust was generated from lime laying activities. The dust was blowing across cars and residences on Hill Street, Port Macquarie.

Stabilised Pavements Australia was conducting the work on behalf of Port Macquarie Hastings Council.

The EPA found that the company failed to properly assess and monitor weather conditions prior to, and during the application of the lime, and used a spreader without dust control equipment fitted.  

EPA Director Hunter Karen Marler said the incident was foreseeable based on weather forecasts and could have been prevented if the appropriate pollution controls were used.

The product, equipment, weather conditions, pollution controls, and processes used by Stabilised Pavements Australia contributed to the incident occurring,” Mrs Marler said.

“The EPA acknowledges the corrective actions undertaken by the company to prevent a recurrence of the incident, including training for staff on the assessment of suitable wind conditions prior to and during lime application.”

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance including formal warnings, official cautions, licence conditions, notices and directions and prosecutions. For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm