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Environment Protection Authority

EPA takes action on illegal asbestos dump in Bringelly

Media release: 12 September 2017

Centric Operations Pty Ltd and its sole Director, Mr Hussein Mrad, have been fined a total of $63,000 by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for operating an unlawful waste facility on private property on The Northern Road at Bringelly.  This includes a fine for failing to comply with EPA directions.

Centric Operations, which leases the property, was using it as an unlawful waste facility to deposit waste from offsite demolition and excavation operations without the owner’s knowledge.

In December 2016, Camden Council sent a report to the EPA confirming samples taken from the property had tested positive for asbestos waste. The EPA launched an investigation and inspected the property in March 2017, confirming the waste stockpiles and the presence of trucks registered to Centric Operations and Centric Civil Pty Ltd.

The EPA issued directions to Centric Operations prohibiting the receipt of waste at the property as well as requiring that the asbestos waste be appropriately managed to reduce the risk to human and environmental health. Centric Operations failed to comply with these directions and continued importing waste to the site.

The EPA has issued $48,000 in fines to Centric Operations and another $15,000 in fines to Mr Mrad.

EPA Acting Manager Regional Waste Compliance Steven James said the unlawful transportation and disposal of asbestos waste is a serious matter and can put others at risk.

“Directors of companies will be held personally responsible if they fail to take reasonable steps to stop their company from committing offences, particularly where they have been warned.” Mr James said.

The EPA will continue to monitor the site, to ensure that the waste is removed and taken to a place that can lawfully receive it. 

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 a 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: 12 September 2017