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Environment Protection Authority

$37,500 in fines for unlawful waste facility at Badgerys Creek

Media release: 26 August 2016

An illegal waste facility at Badgerys Creek and its director have been fined a total $37,500 by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), following an extensive investigation.

The EPA issued Crush and Haul Pty Ltd with a $15,000 fine for operating the unlawful waste facility and a $15,000 fine for failing to comply with a Clean-up Notice. Mr Luke Cauchi, has also been fined $7,500 for his role as a Director of the company operating the unlawful facility.

EPA Director of Waste and Resource Recovery Steve Beaman, said the EPA’s investigation revealed in excess of 65,000 tonnes of waste stored at the site during December 2015, including general solid waste, recovered glass, asbestos contaminated material and crushed stone.

The operation was never licenced by the EPA and has never been given development consent by the local council.

“It’s vital that waste facilities are licenced to ensure environmental controls are in place that protect the community and the environment. Polluted runoff and dust can have off-site impacts if not properly managed,” he said.

Crush and Haul failed to comply with the conditions of a Clean-up Notice by not removing all waste from the site by 11 April 2016.

“In addition, the Clean-up Notice required Crush and Haul to classify the waste on site however, the EPA was not satisfied with the classifications submitted and engaged two independent consultants to undertake a survey and waste classification of the material instead,” Mr Beaman said.

Mr Beaman said that Crush and Haul had made some progress towards cleaning up the site but more needed to be done.

“The Badgerys Creek waste facility must be cleaned up. Some waste has been removed and the EPA will continue to pursue the clean-up with Crush and Haul,” he said.

Anyone with information about the illegal transport, dumping or storage of waste in their local area should contact the EPA’s 24-hour Environment Line on 131 555.

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 Public Affairs

Page last updated: 26 August 2016