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Environment Protection Authority

Owners of Kembla Grange waste facility fined

Media release: 30 August 2017

Two owners of a Kembla Grange waste facility that deals with waste tyres have been fined $750 each for failing to install a waste weighbridge onsite.

The installation of a weighbridge is a legal requirement which helps to ensure that the movement of waste is effectively monitored and measured.

This requirement aims to tackle illegal dumping, reduce the illegal storage of waste at facilities and reduce waste levy fraud.
 
EPA Officers conducted a routine compliance inspection of the facility in August 2017 and identified that the owners had not installed a weighbridge, despite repeated attempts to bring the facility into compliance or have the owners seek a lawful exemption from this requirement. As a result, the EPA issued penalty notices to both owners.

EPA Acting Regional Manager Waste Compliance Steven James said the EPA gave the waste faciltity owners every opportunity to comply with the set regulations.

“The licensees have a history of non-compliance and have not engaged with the EPA,” Mr James said.

“The community and the waste industry reasonably expects the EPA to enforce environmental protection measures legislated on its behalf.”

“The EPA will again seek to work with the owners to ensure this issue is resolved.”

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.

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 30 August 2017