The Environment Protection Authority has fined a Wattle Grove company for dumping asbestos waste at a Blaxland tip in the Blue Mountains in 2016.
RG Demolition and owner Ryan Glover were fined $6250 for providing false and misleading information about waste disposed at the Blaxland Waste Management Centre.
But Mr Glover and the company deny ever using Blaxland tip or getting any notices from the EPA and plan to contest the fines in court.
On November 10, 2016, Blue Mountains Council made a report to the EPA’s Environment Line regarding the disposal of asbestos at the Blaxland Waste Management Centre.
The council said the asbestos waste was not declared to staff on arrival at the gatehouse and as a consequence was disposed of in the general waste-disposal area.
Following a complex EPA investigation, and with the council’s help, RG Demolition was ultimately identified as being responsible.
The risk of harm was minimised through the actions of Blue Mountains Council.Spokeswoman, Environment Protection Authority
“The council assisted the EPA in the subsequent investigation which was instrumental in identifying the responsible party,” an EPA spokeswoman said. She said the “risk of harm was minimised through the actions of the council”.
The EPA issued notices to the company and it’s director to answer questions about the incident however they apparently didn’t comply with the EPA request. The alleged attempt at avoiding EPA scrutiny resulted in three penalty notices being issued for providing false and misleading information and failing to comply with statutory notices.
The penalties issued to Mr Glover include a $4000 fine for providing false and misleading information about the waste and a $750 fine for not complying with an EPA notice. RG Demolition was fined the corporation amount of $1500 for not complying with an EPA requirement.
The EPA spokeswoman said penalties were issued to the registered address of Mr Glover and his company.
We'll be fighting this in court to clear our company.Ryan Glover, owner RG Demolition Wattle Grove
But Mr Glover denied he knew anything about the matter when contacted by Fairfax Media.
“We dump at Kemps Creek,” he said. “We strongly deny any alleged allegations of illegal waste disposal at Blaxland waste facility. All asbestos or contaminated waste is transported and disposed of at licensed EPA landfills such as Suez Kemps Creek. We’ll be fighting this in court to clear our company.”
EPA’s manager of regional waste compliance Cate Woods said the community expected the EPA to take strong action against those who unlawfully dispose of waste and place human health and the environment at risk.
“By providing false and misleading information about waste, appropriate decisions about safe management and disposal cannot be made, which has the potential to impact on human health and pollute the environment,” she said.
Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill commended staff for picking up the alleged breach and reporting it and for the EPA’s investigation.
Cr Greenhill said the council was exploring options to better manage the identification and handling of material containing asbestos on entry to the waste-management facilities to prevent such incidents.