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Environment Protection Authority

EPA fines BORAL CSR BRICKS $15,000

Media release: 10 December 2015

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued a $15,000 penalty notice to BORAL CSR BRICKS Pty Ltd after treated water at its Schofields premises exceeded pollution limits on 15 September 2015.

 Greg Sheehy, A/Director Metropolitan Branch, NSW EPA, said that the company’s failure to properly service its effluent treatment system, which treats wastewater from its NSW sales headquarters, had caused the concentration of faecal coliforms to be ten times over the licensed limit and Biological Oxygen Demand to be eight milligrams per litre over the limit.

 "BORAL CSR BRICKS called the EPA’s Environment hotline immediately upon discovering the treated water had exceeded discharge limits during routine sampling.” Mr Sheehy said.

 “While in this instance there are no immediately identifiable environmental impacts and no cause for health concerns among staff and the local community, the EPA will be working closely with BORAL CSR BRICKS over the coming months to ensure safety and future compliance.” Mr Sheehy said.

 Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance, including formal warnings, licence conditions, notices and directions, mandatory audits, enforceable undertakings, legally binding pollution reduction programs and prosecutions.

 The EPA must also take a range of factors into account before delivering a proportionate regulatory response, including the degree of environmental harm, whether or not there are any real or potential health impacts, if the action of the offender was deliberate, compliance history, public interest and best environmental outcomes.

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

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Contact: Public Affairs

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