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EPA fines SCE Resources for water pollution in Mayfield

Media release: 4 May 2017

 The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined SCE Resources $15,000 for water pollution, after turbid water was discharged into a stormwater drain in Mayfield, Newcastle.                                                                              

On a routine inspection of the Ingall Street waste facility in December last year, EPA officers observed mud being tracked from the facility along the driveway and into the gutter. Actions undertaken by SCE employees – including hosing down surfaces - has then caused the muddy water to flow into a local stormwater drain.

EPA Waste Compliance Manager Cate Woods said samples taken where the water was flowing into the stormwater drain showed elevated pH levels that put local flora and fauna at risk.

“The EPA takes all pollution incidents seriously, particularly when our water sampling results show pollutants that might be impacting the local environment. 

“All licensees, regardless of size, have a responsibility to operate in a competent manner that does not cause harm to the environment or human health. We have to work to stop these risks occurring in the first place.

The EPA also issued SCE Resources with an official caution for having grease drums located outside a bunded area and without appropriate spill containment systems in place. SCE Resources has since acted to relocate the drums and will be installing additional bunding. 

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

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 04 May 2017