EPA fines Veolia Environmental Services for waste offence

The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd $15,000 for alleged leaking containers carrying waste, at their Crisps Creek Intermodal Facility at Tarago.

EPA officers did an inspection of the intermodal facility in May this year and observed liquid leaking out the bottom of a sealed door to a container transferring waste.

The facility at Tarago receives waste in large sealed containers by rail which is then unloaded onto trucks for transport by road to the Woodlawn Landfill.

EPA Executive Director Regulatory Operations Carmen Dwyer said a leaking container was a contravention of their licence conditions.

“When transferring waste, containers need to be water tight to prevent the leakage of waste water during all transport and handling activities,” Ms Dwyer said.

“Any waste water that leaks from containers can damage the environment, ending up in our waterways causing water pollution or generating odours which can impact neighbours.”

A faulty container door was deemed to be the reason behind the leak and Veolia has taken the container out of service until it is fixed.

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