EPA Fines Valley Quarry

Filed under Environment & Pollution, News ~ by Press on  25 Aug 2019
EPA issues quarry operator fine for failure to monitor noise.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined the operator of East Quarry $11,500 for allegedly failing to conduct noise monitoring of their activities and providing the EPA with a false or misleading annual return.

The Muswellbrook-based quarry is required under its licence to undertake regular noise monitoring to ensure that activities being carried out comply with noise limits, and reduce the impact on surrounding neighbours.

EPA Acting Director Hunter Amiette Wakenshaw said the operator of East Quarry had been fined for the same issue last year and that the EPA had made their expectations clear.

It is disappointing that the quarry operator appears to have again failed to undertake the required noise monitoring after being penalised for the same offence just one year ago,” Ms Wakenshaw said.

Penalty notices are one of several 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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