EPA Fines Concrete Mixing Company

Filed under Environment & Pollution, News ~ by Press on  27 Feb 2019

Hunter company cops second $15,000 fine from EPA for another water pollution offence 

A Hunter Valley concrete plant has been fined a total of $30,000 by the NSW Environment Protection Authority after an alleged repeat pollution incident.

Picture ~ Generic file photo of concrete mixing plant

EPA Director Hunter, Karen Marler said Miccon Industries, trading as Newcastle Readymix, received a $15,000 fine from the EPA for allegedly discharging polluted water into the stormwater system.

This is the second time in six months we’ve taken action against the company for similar breaches. They were fined $15,000 in July last year,” Ms Marler said.

After a call in December last year, EPA investigators traced the water pollution to a concrete plant at Adamstown operated by Miccon Industries.

EPA water sampling found very high levels of pH which had the potential to cause environmental damage.

Miccon Industries has been specifically warned about alleged water pollution from its operation and has already received a $15,000 fine for a very similar offence.

The company is on notice that the EPA will be monitoring their performance closely and further breaches may result in escalated regulatory action, such as prosecution,” Ms Marler said.

The EPA has also required Miccon to develop and implement a Surface Water Management Plan comprising surface water control measures to prevent water pollution incidents.

Members of the public concerned about possible pollution can report to the NSW EPA by calling 131 555.

More information is on the NSW EPA’s website www.epa.nsw.gov.au

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance including formal warnings, official cautions, licence conditions, notices and directions and prosecutions.

For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm

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