EPA fines company $15,000 for polluting discharge incident

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd $15,000 for an alleged pollution incident at its Lidcombe concrete plant.

Holcim is a supplier of pre-mixed concrete products. The EPA inspected the plant on 22 December 2017 after an EPA officer saw cement laden water running down the driveway and into the kerbside gutter at Birnie Avenue, Lidcombe.

EPA Regional Director Metropolitan Giselle Howard said the company has a responsibility to ensure its actions do not impact on the community or environment. 

“While the discharge of cement laden water is unlikely to have caused significant harm to surrounding waterways, the incident was preventable and had potential to put the environment at risk.”

Following the incident, Holcim immediately stopped the pollution from leaving the premises and commenced a clean-up. Holcim has also installed a grate at the exit-driveway to capture waste water.

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