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Environment Protection Authority

South Windsor waste company fined $15,000 for water pollution

Media release: 16 December 2016

A South Windsor waste company has been fined $15,000 by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for a polluted stormwater runoff incident.

During an inspection in September this year, EPA officers observed sediment laden water escaping from the N. Moits & Sons Pty Ltd site into a nearby wetland.

Water samples taken from the site, as well as downstream and in to the wetland area, detected levels of sediment that showed the controls put in place at the waste company, including a pond and sediment fence, had not worked effectively.

EPA Director Waste Compliance Greg Sheehy said that waste operators have a responsibility to ensure their activities do not impact on their surrounding neighbours and environment.

“In this instance the proper installation of a sediment fence and pond could have prevented this water from leaving the site and causing potential damage to the nearby wetlands,” Mr Sheehy said.

“These are standard pollution control measures that the EPA expects every licensee to have in place when undertaking licensed waste activities.

“The environmental requirements on N. Moits & Sons Pty Ltd is clearly detailed in their Environment Protection Licence and for breaching those conditions, they are now on the receiving end of an EPA fine.”

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

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 16 December 2016