EPA fines company $15,000 for water pollution offence

A concrete plant in Adamstown, Newcastle has been fined $15,000 for water pollution following a report to the EPA’s Environment Line.

The report alleged that wastewater from the Miccon Industries Pty Ltd concrete plant, trading as Newcastle Readymix, entered an adjacent property and the stormwater system.

Investigations by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) confirmed the source of the concrete wastewater was from the Newcastle Readymix site and was caused by water being pumped into incorrect holding pits.

EPA Director Hunter, Karen Marler, thanked the public for reporting the pollution incident.

“Reports like this are an essential part of the EPA’s response, they are then investigated and action can be taken if evidence of an issue is discovered.” 

“Our role is to protect communities and the environment from potentially dangerous impacts. Newcastle Readymix should have contained the wastewater. By not doing so, water was polluted, which is why the EPA acted,” Ms Marler said.

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