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EPA issues Penalty Notice and Official Caution to Grafil Pty Ltd for land pollution

Media release: 2 May 2016

NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued a $15,000 fine and an official caution to Grafil Pty Ltd, which trades as Macka’s Sand and Soil, for land pollution and breach of clean up notice respectively. 

EPA Director of Waste and Resource Recovery, Steve Beaman, said the EPA commenced an investigation into alleged unlawful waste activity at Macka’s Sand and Soil at Oakvale Drive, Salt Ash in 2013.  From this a Clean Up Notice was issued in May 2013 which prevented any further waste being accepted at the Macka’s premise. 

The EPA was satisfied through its inspections in 2013 that Grafil had complied with the clean-up notice at that time. However an official caution has now been issued to Grafil for failure to continue to comply with the clean up notice which is still in force. 

“On 30 October 2015, an EPA inspection found more waste on the site meaning that Grafil had breached the clean-up notice.                                        

“The waste included almost 360 tonnes building and demolition waste including asbestos. Laboratory analysis confirmed asbestos to be present in waste that had been brought into the premises since the notice was issued in 2013. 

“In addition, we commissioned a survey of stockpiles of waste on the premises in May 2013 and October 2015. A comparison of the two surveys revealed a difference in stockpiles and additional stockpiles in 2015.

The EPA has issued a penalty notice for $15,000 to Grafil for land pollution by asbestos waste.

“As there was more than 10 tonnes of asbestos waste on site, this constitutes land pollution under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

“Land pollution is an environmental breach that the EPA regulates strictly. We have taken appropriate regulatory action. 

Grafil acted promptly to remove the 360 tonnes of asbestos waste to lawful landfill as required by a new clean up notice. They have provided a clearance certificate after the asbestos waste was removed. 

“The EPA is continuing its original investigation into the alleged unlawful disposal of waste at the Macka’s premise”.

Contact: EPA Media Officer

Page last updated: 02 May 2016