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Environment Protection Authority

Penrith Lakes Development Corporation Ltd issued with $15,000 for pollution incident

Media release: 21 December 2015

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued Penrith Lakes Development Corporation Ltd (PLDC) a $15,000 penalty notice for a pollution incident involving sediment tracking by trucks exiting the development site at Cranebrook.
 
The EPA became aware of the issue on the 11th of November and visited the site to find the existing controls to prevent sediment from leaving the site were ineffectual.

David Gathercole, EPA Sydney Industry Manager said “PLDC have a responsibility under their licence conditions to operate plant and equipment in a proper and efficient manner, and having failed to do this they have caused sediment tracking from their site”

“The EPA has therefore issued PLDC this $15,000 penalty notice for failing to operate plant and equipment in a proper and efficient manner, which is an offense under the POEO Act and a breach of their licence conditions.”

Penalty notices are just 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

Page last updated: 21 December 2015