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Multipower Tipper Hire receives $63,000 in fines for illegal transport and dumping of asbestos waste

Media release: 12 May 2016

Multipower Tipper Hire Pty Ltd has received six fines totalling $63,000 from the NSW EPA for the unlawful transport and disposal of asbestos waste to two unlicensed properties and for failing to respond to subsequent EPA notices. 

The illegal dumping offences occurred during January and February 2015 at a residential Bowral property and then in July 2015 when two different vehicles were observed depositing waste at an unoccupied property in Wilton.

In both instances the properties were not licensed to receive the waste which EPA testing found to contain fragments of asbestos containing materials.

EPA investigations included issuing the company with notices to provide more information on the transport and deposit of the waste as well as a Clean-up Notice – neither of which were adhered to.

Subsequently Multipower Tipper has been issued with three $15,000 fines for the unlawful transport of asbestos waste to a facility that cannot lawfully receive it, one $15,000 fine for failing to comply with a Clean-up Notice and two $1,500 fines for failing to respond to a request for more information.

Cate Woods, EPA A/Manager Regional Compliance, said that the illegal dumping of waste will not be tolerated.

“The illegal dumping of waste, especially where it contains asbestos, is not only unsightly but is also potentially dangerous to both the environment and neighbours,” Ms Woods said.

“Unfortunately dumping on isolated or unoccupied rural properties is something we see time and again, so our message to land owners is to be careful when giving out access to your property and to never accept offers of free or discounted landfill.

“Anybody who sees suspicious truck activity on a property can report it to the Environment Line for investigation on 131 555. Details such as the registration, vehicle description and time of observation are helpful.”

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 at: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 12 May 2016