EPA fines Shell Point Marina $15,000

Shell Point Marina has received a $15,000 fine and an official caution following multiple alleged breaches of their environment protection licence relating to the release of abrasive blasting grit to the Georges River.

EPA Regional Manager Operations Illawarra Peter Bloem said the EPA alleges that the premises had inadequate and poorly maintained controls while undertaking abrasive blasting at the site. 

“Grit blasting material generated during vessel maintenance moved down the slipway and entered the water,” Mr Bloem said.

“The correct controls need to be in place to prevent the escape of these materials    when scheduled activity in the marina is to take place.

“Materials from boat maintenance and painting can have detrimental effects on water quality and marine ecosystems.

“It is important that sensitive environmental areas supporting fish nurseries, migratory birds and more, for the Georges River, Woolooware Bay and Towra Point, are protected at all times. 

“The EPA will continue to inspect marina operations to ensure the appropriate controls are in place and ensure any environmental impact is prevented,” Mr Bloem said.

Penalty notices and official cautions are some of the tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance. For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm