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Environment Protection Authority

EPA fines Hanson Construction $15,000 for non-compliance at Sancrox quarry

Media release: 24 March 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued a penalty notice of $15,000 to Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd for breaching the conditions of its Environment Protection Licence (EPL) at its Sancrox quarry.  

EPA Hunter Manager, Adam Gilligan, said that Hanson had been issued the penalty notice for failing to conduct water sampling as required by the company’s EPL between July 2014 and January 2015.

“Hanson Construction failed to monitor the environmental impact of its activities during this period, and has consequently received a $15,000 penalty notice for the breach,” he said.

“Undertaking water sampling is an important part of the quarry ensuring that is operations meet strict environmental standards. These standards are set out in the company’s environment protection licence.

“To ensure that quarries, such as Hanson, are complying with the conditions of their Environment Protection Licences, the EPA is currently undertaking a campaign of quarry inspections in the Port Macquarie area.

“The campaign is designed to carefully monitor quarry operators as they run at high production rates to meet the demands of the major civil projects in the area, including upgrades to the Pacific Highway.

“As the potential for environmental harm is greater during periods of high production, we are monitoring for noise and dust impacts on residents, and the potential for water pollution of nearby waterways.

“The EPA will be focussing on checking that appropriate preventative measures are in place to ensure there are no impacts to the environment or surrounding community.”

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.

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

To report an incident of air, noise or water pollution, contact the EPA Environment Line on 131 555. The Environment Line operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 24 March 2016