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Environment Protection Authority

Poor controls at the Broken Head Quarry results in $15,000 fine

Media release: 17 July 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has issued Leadshine Pty Limited with a fine of $15,000 for ongoing poor erosion and sediment controls at the Broken Head Quarry, on the NSW North Coast.

EPA Regional Director North Adam Gilligan said Leadshine has a responsibility to ensure that appropriate erosion and sediment controls are in place to prevent impacts on the surrounding environment.

“The EPA’s inspections of the Broken Head Quarry repeatedly found that sediment and erosion controls at the site were inadequate,” Mr Gilligan said.

“Erosion and sediment controls were poorly designed and constructed, and were not being properly maintained.

“There was evidence that inadequate capacity was being maintained in the sediment basins to capture sediment after rainfall and a significant failure of stormwater diversion works had occurred. 

“Leadshine’s Environment Protection Licence requires that activities are carried out in a competent manner. Clearly this was not the case.”

The EPA issued Pollution Reduction Programs to the company in July and December 2016 requiring Leadshine to review and improve the sediment and erosion controls at the quarry. 

Mr Gilligan said the EPA has not been satisfied with the company’s actions in response to the Pollution Reduction Programs.

“It is disappointing that the EPA’s requirements for the controls to be improved have not been complied with.

“The EPA has been working with Leadshine since 2016 in seeking to have the site’s sediment and erosion controls upgraded to acceptable standards, however recent inspections confirmed that fundamental deficiencies in the controls remained.

“Sediment laden waters can have a major impact on local waterways. This shows a complete disregard for the environment, which will not be tolerated,” Mr Gilligan said.

The EPA will continue to monitor activities at the quarry to ensure improvements are made.

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 17 July 2017