Asbestos Waste Case Guilty Verdicts

The NSW Government has welcomed three guilty verdicts against the owner of a Sydney transport company who refused to answer questions about asbestos waste loads.

In June and July 2016, a building site on Abercrombie Street at Darlington engaged contractors to remove 1,400 tonnes of material containing asbestos.

Sam Ali was found guilty by Parramatta Local Court of three offences of failing to answer questions about the material when required by the EPA.

Mr Ali will be sentenced in January 2019 - the maximum penalty that can be imposed by Parramatta Local Court is $110,000 per offence.

Mr Ali refused to answer questions from EPA investigators about the transport and disposal of waste containing asbestos from the Darlington site when interviewed in December 2017.

Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton said the guilty verdicts send a clear message that failing to answer questions from EPA officers when required is serious and will not be tolerated.

“No one is above the law. Heavy penalties apply for anyone who does not cooperate with the EPA’s investigators.”

This case is one of several prosecutions arising from the Darlington incident.

Paul Mouawad previously pleaded guilty to two charges of supplying false or misleading information in relation to the transport and disposal of waste.

Another defendant, Aussie Earthmovers Pty Ltd has not attended Court to answer charges relating to the alleged supply of false and misleading information about the waste.

The sentence hearing for Mr Mouawad and hearing of the case against Aussie Earthmovers Pty Ltd will both take place in April 2019.

MEDIA: Alan Gale 0418 892 778