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Dib Hanna faces court on illegal dumping charges brought by the EPA

Media release: 7 September 2017

Alleged waste transporter Dib Hanna faced the NSW Land and Environment Court today after being arrested and extradited from Victoria to face alleged illegal dumping offences brought by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

Victoria Police arrested Mr Hanna on Tuesday and, with the assistance of NSW Police, he was extradited back to NSW after an extradition application was granted by a Victorian Magistrate’s Court. It is the first time a person has been extradited in relation to alleged environmental offences.

In late 2016, the EPA commenced prosecution action in the Land and Environment Court against Mr Hanna for eight repeat waste offences. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of $250,000 and/or two years’ imprisonment.

As Mr Hanna failed to attend court on several occasions a warrant was issued for his arrest.

These prosecutions relate to the alleged illegal dumping of waste, including allegedly, asbestos waste, on private properties in western Sydney in 2015 and 2016.

EPA Acting Chair and Chief Executive Officer Mark Gifford said illegal dumping was an environmental crime.

“I would like to thank the NSW and Victorian Police for their cooperation and assistance in bringing Mr Hanna before the Court so he can face these serious charges.” Mr Gifford said.

“The NSW EPA takes illegal dumping very seriously. This crime creates an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment.”

NSW has strict rules to prevent illegal dumping. An individual can be fined up to $1,000,000 and/or receive a seven-year prison sentence for wilful dumping offences, and $500,000 or a four-year prison sentence for negligent offences. A corporation can face up to $5,000,000 for wilful offences and $2,000,000 for negligent offences. There are also on the spot fines that apply for illegal dumping: up to $7,500 for an individual and up to $15,000 for a company.

When Mr Hanna appeared before the Land and Environment Court today he pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was remanded in custody until Wednesday, 13 September 2017 on which occasion he is expected to apply for bail.

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Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 07 September 2017