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Environment Protection Authority

Stolthaven Fined $30,000 for Exceeding Environment Licence Conditions

Media release: 18 December 2015

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Stolthaven Australia Pty Ltd, for twice breaching the conditions of its Environment Protection Licence (EPL) at the company’s bulk liquid fuel storage terminal in Mayfield.

Stolthaven Australia received two Penalty Notices of $15,000 each for contravening the throughput limits set in its EPL during the 2014/15 reporting period.

Adam Gilligan, Manager Hunter Region, EPA, said that Stolthaven repeatedly undertook operations at scales for which it had not obtained the necessary development consent or environment protection licensing.

“On two occasions during Stolthaven’s 2014/15 reporting period the volume of diesel and biodiesel petroleum products imported, stored and despatched at the Mayfield Fuel Terminal exceeded the limits set by in their EPL.

“The EPA takes all breaches of licence conditions very seriously. When a company is operating outside its EPL, it’s often likely they have inadequate controls and environmental measures in place. In Stolthaven’s case, air emissions from the storage and handling of petroleum products can have significant environmental impacts if not appropriately modelled and managed. In turn, this can impact the health of the surrounding community.

“In view of these breaches, the EPA varied the company’s EPL to include conditions that require monthly reporting of the volume of petroleum products received and dispatched from the premises. It is hoped that this will ensure Stolthaven operates within its limits in the future,” said Mr Gilligan.

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance. The EPA takes a range of factors into account before delivering a proportionate regulatory response, including the degree of environmental harm, potential health impacts, compliance history, public interest and best environmental outcomes. In this case, a penalty notice was the appropriate response.

For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy
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