EPA fines company $30,000 for breaching licence and polluting waters

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined South Coast Plant Hire Pty Ltd, a resource recovery facility in Bomaderry, $30,000 for allegedly breaching its licence conditions and discharging waste water from the site.

EPA Manager Regional Waste Compliance Cate Woods said South Coast Plant Hire failed in its responsibilities when its operations led to polluted water flowing off-site.

“The facility is in an area close to other businesses and a local waterway, and they need to operate their site competently to ensure they are not having any off-site impacts,” Ms Woods said.

“Our role at the EPA is to protect the environment. Compliance with conditions is not optional – there are specific rules and conditions facilities must operate by to ensure minimal risk to the environment.”                                                                                          

During a site inspection in December 2017, the EPA found a containment system holding polluted water had overflowed. The water was used to suppress dust and contained waste water from stockpiles.

The EPA issued a clean-up notice directing the company to clean-up the area where the discharge occurred and put measures in place to prevent further pollution.

Two penalty notices were issued to South Coast Plant Hire totalling $30,000.

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