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Environment Protection Authority

Epic Mining fined $15,000 for unlawful waste storage in Luddenham

Media release: 3 February 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Epic Mining Pty Ltd $15,000 for unlawful stockpiling of waste at their facility on Adams Road, Luddenham, in western Sydney.

Epic Mining holds an environment protection licence that authorises them to store the material they extract from the premises – this includes mined raw materials used to make bricks and pavers.

However, on 18 August 2016, EPA officers inspected the site and observed stockpiles of imported waste including concrete, scrap metal and sandstone, and also observed machinery being used to crush and screen waste on-site. These stored materials and the waste processing activities are not permitted under the company’s current environment protection licence.

EPA Acting Director Metropolitan Mike Sharpin said this was the second time the company had conducted unauthorised activities on site.

“In this instance, the risk to the environment arises from the unknown composition of waste material being processed,” Mr Sharpin said.

“We issue environmental licences and inspect for compliance for a reason. Environmental controls must be in place and adhered to, to ensure that the environment and residents are not put at risk.”

Penalty notices, official cautions and prevention notices are a number of tools the EPA can use to protect the environment and achieve environmental compliance. The EPA takes in a range of factors into account to determine its 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

 www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/130251epacompl.htm.

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 03 February 2017