EPA commences prosecutions related to Spencer property near the Hawkesbury River

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has commenced prosecution proceedings in the Land and Environment Court against a Sydney man for three alleged environmental offences at a property near the small town of Spencer, on the banks of the Hawkesbury River.

The man is charged with land pollution (including concrete, rubble, plastic and asbestos), unlawfully transporting waste and using a property as a waste facility without authority, each of which are alleged to have occurred from about February 2015 to about May 2016.

Each of the prosecutions will first be before the Land and Environment Court on 14 September 2018.

EPA Chief Environmental Regulator Mark Gifford said the court proceedings have been brought after a detailed investigation.

“The NSW EPA takes these types of matters seriously. Our environmental laws are in place to help protect the environment and the community,” Mr Gifford said.

Each of the three offences carries a maximum fine of $250,000.

Prosecutions 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. For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm