EPA requires Boral to improve controls at its Ballina quarry

The Environment Protection Authority has imposed a pollution reduction program (PRP) on Boral’s Teven Quarry near Ballina on the NSW north coast requiring the company to improve sediment and erosion controls.

EPA Regional Manager North Coast, Brett Nudd said the upgraded sediment and erosion controls will help to protect the local environment and roads during major rainfall events.

The Boral Teven Quarry is located on North Teven Road just outside of Ballina and produces hard rock for use in construction in the Ballina, Byron Bay and Lismore area.

"After a major rainfall event in June this year a large volume of rocks and gravel washed off the site and caused damage to North Teven Road," Mr Nudd said.

"The quarry is located adjacent to Maguires Creek and this incident highlighted the need to improve sediment and erosion controls on the site in order to protect the creek. 

"The EPA has imposed a legally enforceable pollution reduction program on Boral’s licence requiring the company to upgrade the sediment and erosion controls. This program will ensure that the works are completed to a high standard and in a timely manner. 

"The PRP requires Boral to engage a suitably qualified and experienced expert to assess the current sediment and erosion controls at the Teven quarry and identify the need for any upgrades. Any sediment and erosion control improvements must be installed and operating by 30 April 2017.

"Boral has worked cooperatively with the EPA during this process to improve controls onsite and protect the local environment."

PRPs are legally enforceable and can be imposed by the EPA to reduce pollution or environmental harm.

They are one of several regulatory tools the EPA uses to drive improved environmental performance by licensees. For more information about the EPA’s approach to regulation and environmental compliance download a copy of the EPA’s Compliance Policy: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/130251epacompl.htm

The details of all PRPs are available on the EPA website via the public register: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/prpoeoapp/