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EPA issues fines totalling $37,500 for unlawful disposal of asbestos waste

Media release: 23 August 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has issued a fine of $15,000 each to Powercor Network Services Pty Ltd and TTR Construction and Excavation Pty Ltd after asbestos contaminated drilling mud was transported to a waste facility that cannot lawfully accept asbestos waste.

EPA Acting Executive Director of Waste and Resource Recovery David Fowler said anyone sub-contracting waste disposal must ensure that all subcontractors are aware of their responsibilities.

“Each party had a responsibility to oversee that the waste was appropriately disposed of and they failed to do so. This is especially concerning as those involved knew they were dealing with asbestos contaminated material,” Mr Fowler said.

On 30 and 31 March 2016, asbestos contaminated drilling mud was transported from the Beaconsfield West Substation construction site in Alexandria to a waste facility, in Western Sydney. 

The waste facility holds an Environment Protection Licence with the EPA to undertake waste processing and storage at the site, however, the licence does not permit the receipt of asbestos waste. 

Powercor Network Services engaged TTR Construction and Excavation who in turn engaged another company to assist with construction works for the redevelopment of the Beaconsfield West Substation. Each company failed to ensure that appropriate instructions were given for the disposal of the waste.

The EPA also issued a fine of $7,500 to the director of TTR Construction and Excavation, Mr Todd Lindsay who was the supervisor for works at the site. 

Mr Fowler said the waste facility was not advised that the waste contained asbestos until the day after delivery.

“Once the waste facility became aware that the waste contained asbestos they notified the EPA and took action to secure the site. The EPA liaised with the waste facility to ensure appropriate clean-up activities were undertaken following the incident.”

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 23 August 2017