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Environment Protection Authority

EPA issues Inland Petroleum with penalty notices for non-compliant Dangerous Goods transport

Media release: 14 December 2015

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued Inland Petroleum P/L and an Inland Petroleum truck driver with penalty notices and official cautions for dangerous goods offences. The regulatory actions relate to failing to have dangerous goods transport documents and for false/misleading placarding.

 

The EPA became aware of the issue during a dangerous goods compliance inspection of an Inland Petroleum B-Double fuel tanker on Greenleaf Road, Kooragang on 14 October 2015.

 

The vehicle was transporting residues of diesel and a product called Enersol, a Class 3 Flammable Liquid dangerous goods.

 

The inspection identified that the vehicle was being driven with no dangerous goods transport documentation. In addition, the Emergency Information Panels had the incorrect identification numbers for the combination of products being transported.

 

Adam Gilligan, EPA Hunter Manager said “Appropriate dangerous goods transport documentation is vital, particularly in the case of an accident or incident. In these circumstances, it is critical that Police and other emergency services have the correct information so that officers are not placed at risk and appropriate response actions can be implemented.” 

 

The EPA issued Inland Petroleum with a $2,000 Penalty Notice for failing to ensure the driver was provided with transport documentation, and an Official Caution for the false and misleading placarding.

 

The driver has also been issued with a $260 Penalty Notice for driving the vehicle without transport documentation and an Official Caution for the false and misleading placarding.

 

Penalty notices are just one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve compliance with the dangerous goods transport legislation and other environmental laws. Other tools include investigation, improvement and prohibition notices, cancellation, suspension and variation of dangerous goods vehicle and driver’s licences, official cautions; 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.

 

If any member of the public has concerns regarding the transportation of dangerous goods, they should contact the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555. The Environment Line operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

 

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

Page last updated: 14 December 2015