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Environment Protection Authority

EPA fines Xpress Transport Solutions $15,000

Media release: 22 December 2015

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued a $15,000 penalty notice to Xpress Transport Solutions Pty Ltd for polluting land at its Kemps Creek premises and an adjacent property.

The EPA had issued a clean-up notice in September 2014 following a site inspection by EPA officers who observed inadequately stored motor oil and a number of apparent coolant, oil or fuel spills, some of which had leached off site.

Subsequent sampling of the affected areas by the EPA found the soil impacted by hydrocarbons.

EPA Director Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Steve Beaman said while all the pollution had now been cleaned up, the fine would act as a practical deterrent.

“Since we issued a clean-up notice to Xpress Transport Solutions in September 2014, the company has taken action to remediate the affected areas in consultation with our officers and a contaminated lands consultant.”  

“The site was not licensed by the EPA and so it did not have all the environmental controls that the EPA would usually require to prevent this kind of offence in the first place.”

“The EPA expects that issuing a $15,000 fine will help ensure the company improves its performance in the future,” Mr Beaman said.

“This is a reminder to all fuel transport companies to make sure their depots are properly licensed and have strong environmental controls in place.”

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: Laura Brice

Page last updated: 22 December 2015