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Environment Protection Authority

EPA fines Terminals Pty Ltd in Port Botany for maintenance issues

Media release: 21 April 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has fined Terminals Pty Ltd $15,000 for failing to properly maintain and operate equipment for treating air emissions, between June and September 2016.

Terminals’ Port Botany facility stores, imports, and exports large quantities of liquids including petroleum products, alcohols and oils. Many of these products produce potentially harmful vapours which must be properly treated to protect human and environmental health.

NSW EPA Regional Director Metropolitan Giselle Howard said the site handled substances that were potentially harmful if not managed properly and had to abide by strict conditions to ensure that human and environmental health are protected.

“A number of components in the company’s vapour emissions control system, which uses activated carbon to remove harmful products in vapours before they are emitted into the air, were not properly maintained or working efficiently,” Ms Howard said.

“This lack of vigilance led to increased waste generation from the system, premature failure of components, and poor quality air emissions monitoring data.

“On this occasion the EPA’s investigation did not reveal any impacts or additional risks to the community’s health, but the fine is a reflection of the severity of the offence and a good reminder to all operators of the need to keep equipment properly maintained and to have a backup for critical infrastructure.”

Terminals Pty Ltd has undertaken work to repair and update their infrastructure and is reviewing maintenance requirements.

The EPA will continue to monitor their compliance and emissions from the facility.

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance including formal warnings, official cautions, licence conditions, notices and directions and prosecutions. For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm

Anyone with concerns about air emissions can report to the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555 or via info@environment.nsw.gov.au

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 21 April 2017