Transpacific Industries to pay $100,000 to community project following water pollution at Kooragang

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has agreed to an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) offered by Transpacific Industries Pty Ltd following an investigation into a water pollution incident at the company’s Kooragang Island facility last year.

The EPA carried out an investigation after the company discharged an unknown quantity of waste water into the local stormwater system, between April 30 and May 13 last year.

The EPA Chief Environmental Regulator, Mark Gifford said the incident was likely to have caused some environmental harm, in particular harm to aquatic organisms.

“The EPA has a range of regulatory tools it uses to achieve environmental compliance amongst industry. An EU was considered most appropriate in this instance because as well as addressing the immediate problems following the incident it will also help achieve a real and lasting outcome for the community and the environment,” Mr Gifford said.

The EU will see Transpacific contribute $100,000 to fund a Sustainable Communities Garden Project run by the Newcastle Police Citizens Youth Club at Broadmeadow.

Transpacific has until July 8, 2015 to make the $100,000 contribution in full.

In addition the company will also have to carry out a review of policies and procedures including those related to the handling of waste water and incident response, as well as implement training programs for its Kooragang Island facility staff.

“The EU conditions are aimed at improving onsite operations and compliance and ensuring Transpacific is actively working to improve its environmental performance,” Mr Gifford said.

EUs are legally binding agreements and failure to comply can result in the EPA taking further regulatory action. 

There are strict timelines in place to ensure the work is carried out in a timely manner. Transpacific will be required to submit detailed reports to the EPA detailing how the conditions of the EU have been met.

A copy of the Enforceable Undertaking is available on the EPA website: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/prpoeoapp/searchenforceableundertaking.aspx