Cecil Park brickworks fined for exceeding emissions limit

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined PGH Bricks & Pavers Pty Ltd $15,000 for allegedly exceeding the particle emission limit from one of its kiln stacks.

PGH holds an environment protection licence to operate a brickworks manufacturing plant at its Cecil Park facility. As part of its licence conditions, which are enforced by the EPA, the facility’s TSP particle emissions must not exceed the concentration limit of 100 milligrams per cubic metre.

In November 2017, the EPA received reports from residents that heavy smoke was being emitted from one of the PGH stacks.  The residents provided photographs and video to the EPA that showed heavy smoke coming from the number three stack.

In response to the community complaints, the EPA undertook a range of actions to investigate the issue and to ensure PGH took immediate steps to reduce potential smoke emissions. These actions included inspecting the facility and issuing a notice to PGH to provide information and records to find out more about the composition of emissions from the number three stack. PGH provided emission testing results for that stack, dated from 28 November 2017. The results showed that emissions from the stack exceeded the TSP concentration limit.

The EPA has fined PGH $15,000 for the alleged licence breach. EPA Regional Director Metropolitan Giselle Howard said other measures were in place to ensure the community’s health was not put at risk into the future.

“PGH has appointed an air quality specialist to undertake an investigation into the smoke emissions, and is taking interim steps to reduce emissions,” Ms Howard said.

“EPA officers will continue to monitor the PGH site to ensure the kiln emissions stay within the required limits.”

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance. For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm