Environmental Treatment Solutions has incurred a $15,000 fantastic for allegedly failing to soundly retailer hazardous chemical substances at its Minto waste facility.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) issued the fantastic after discovering proof of alleged non-compliance with the corporate’s Atmosphere Safety Licence for the unsafe storage of a number of chemical substances, which ought to have been safely saved individually.
Sure sorts of chemical substances shouldn’t be saved close to one another because of the threat of a fireplace or explosion if there are leaks or spills.
EPA Director Regulatory Operations Giselle Howard mentioned the $15,000 fantastic displays the seriousness of the matter and the chance of a harmful response.
“Our inspection discovered greater than 4 tonnes of blended hazardous wastes within the receivals space. These included oxidising brokers, acids, alkalis, flammable liquids and gases, and flamable compounds.
“The EPA directed the corporate to type and segregate these chemical substances, to create a protected atmosphere.
“At shut proximity, these kind of chemical substances can work together within the occasion of a leak or spill. The potential consequence will be extraordinarily harmful.
“The area people and neighbouring companies have an expectation that licensees will adjust to the foundations and their licence necessities and have practices in place to guard folks and the atmosphere.”
Penalty notices are one in every of various instruments the EPA can use to attain environmental compliance, together with formal warnings, official cautions, licence situations, notices and instructions, and prosecutions.