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Environment Protection Authority

Aussie Skips fined $15,000 for breach of licence condition

Media release: 15 August 2017

Aussie Skips Waste Services Pty Ltd has been fined a total of $15,000 by the NSW Environment Protection Authority for an observed breach of its environment protection licence in relation to dust emissions from a waste facility in Strathfield South.

EPA officers conducted an inspection in July 2017, following several complaints from the public, and observed that dust was being emitted from the facility.

EPA Director of Waste Compliance Greg Sheehy said the regulatory framework was in place to ensure that waste facilities operate in a way that ensures the community and the environment were protected from unnecessary harm, particularly in relation to dust.

“Companies that breach their licence conditions will not be tolerated,” Mr Sheehy said.

“In this instance the facility in Strathfield has strict conditions in place to control dust. EPA officers observed a breach of a dust condition and the operators have subsequently been issued with a $15,000 fine.”

Any reports of activities potentially breaching licence conditions should be reported to the Environment Line on 131 555 for investigation.

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance. The EPA takes a range of factors into account before delivering an 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 http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/130251epacompl.htm.

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 15 August 2017