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Company fined $18,000 for sewage sludge spill

15 May 2013

A waste transport business has been convicted and fined $18,000 in relation to the spill of sewage sludge on two busy highways in Tasmania’s south east.

Director EPA Alex Schaap said the prosecution should serve as a warning to others in the industry to ensure waste is transported securely.

Spectran Pty Ltd appeared in the Hobart Magistrate’s Court on the 6th of May for sentence.

Mr. Schaap said the company pleaded guilty to six charges in relation to the spill of the sewage sludge on the Tasman and Arthur Highways on 1st July 2011.

The company was found guilty of five offences for breaches of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Controlled Waste Tracking) Regulations 2010

The company was also found guilty of one breach of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994, for failing to comply with a requirement or direction of an authorised officer.

“Sewage sludge, like any controlled waste needs to be carefully managed and regulated because of its potential to adversely impact human health and the environment if improperly managed,” Mr. Schaap said.

“Fortunately in this case environmental harm was largely avoided because most of the waste was quickly removed from the roadway despite it having been spread over some distance.”

The EPA’s powers range from requiring organizations to submit controlled waste data reports to enforcing the relevant provision of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 and other relevant legislation.