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Waste facility in Chester Hill fined $15,000 for dust related offence

Media release: 2 May 2016

A licenced waste facility in Chester Hill has been issued a $15,000 fine by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for a breach of its environment protection license in relation to poor dust management practices. 

In responding to concerns raised to the EPA by the general public through its 24 hour Environment Line, EPA officers inspected the waste facility located at 191 Miller Road Chester Hill on 7 April 2016. They observed activities at the facility causing dust to leave the site, possibly impacting their neighbours, in breach of a condition of its licence. 

The fine for $15,000 was issued to Proactive Management Systems Pty Ltd for breach of section 64 of the Act, because it failed to prevent dust being generated and migrating off the facility. 

EPA’s Senior manager for Waste Compliance, Mr Chris McElwain said “The EPA conducted an enforcement campaign in late 2015 to remind waste operators of the need to prevent dust from leaving their sites.” 

“As part of that campaign, Proactive Management Systems was issued an official caution arising out of an inspection on 26 November 2015 in relation to its dust controls, so it is disappointing the EPA has now had to take further action at the site.”  

Any reports of dust issues from licensed facilities should be reported to the Environment Line on 131 555 for investigation. 

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance. The EPA takes in 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. 

For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/130251epacompl.htm.

Contact: EPA media

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