Boral fined $15,000 for Marulan water pollution incident

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued a $15,000 penalty notice to Boral Resources (NSW) for a water pollution incident at its Peppertree Quarry in Marulan on 26 August 2015.

Boral notified the EPA of the incident when it became aware a portion of a stockpile of fine aggregate had slumped during heavy rain on 26 August 2015.  Some of the fine aggregate material entered Tangarang Creek causing a temporary increase in turbidity and sediment load in the Creek.

EPA South East Region Manager Nigel Sargent said Boral has a responsibility under its Environment Protection Licence conditions to deal with quarried materials at the site in a proper and efficient manner.

“Boral failed to do this, which has led to a water pollution incident,” Mr Sargent said.

“The EPA does not believe there was any long term environmental harm, but the increased turbidity and sediment load from the incident has the potential to smother aquatic organisms and their habitat.”

“Boral took immediate clean-up actions after the incident and is currently completing longer term environmental rehabilitation such as bank stabilisation in Tangarang Creek.”

Tangarang Creek flows into the Shoalhaven River within Morton National Park.

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance, including formal warnings, licence conditions, notices and directions, mandatory audits, enforceable undertakings, legally binding pollution reduction programs and prosecutions.

The EPA must also take a range of factors into account before delivering a proportionate regulatory response, including the degree of environmental harm, whether or not there are any real or potential health impacts, if the action of the offender was deliberate, compliance history, public interest and best environmental outcomes.

Members of the public are encouraged to report environmental incidents to the 24 hour Environment Line on 131 555.