EPA fines Hebden Quarries for non-compliance

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Singleton based Hebden Quarries Pty Limited $15,000 and issued the company with an official caution for alleged non-compliance with their Environment Protection Licence.

During a routine and unannounced compliance inspection of the Hebden Quarry in February this year, the EPA found poorly controlled dust emissions from the site, poor erosion and sediment controls applied to overburden emplacement, inappropriate storage of hazardous pre-coat material, and poor storage and handling of diesel, oil and waste oils.

EPA Director Hunter Karen Marler said Hebden Quarries are responsible for carrying out licensed activities in a competent manner as well as maintaining and operating all equipment in a proper and efficient manner.

“There was potential for environmental harm, particularly from the dust emissions and lack of appropriate erosion and sediment controls,” Ms Marler said.

“The EPA acknowledges that Hebden Quarries has undertaken corrective actions since the EPA’s inspection.”

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