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Fined for incorrect disposal of waste

18 September 2014

A Tasmanian company has been ordered to pay a total of $8000 in fines and costs in relation to a number of environmental offences in the state’s north.

Nigel’s Pumping Service appeared in the Launceston Court of Petty Sessions this week (September 17) for sentence after pleading guilty to three (3) charges.

The charges relate to the discharging of waste liquid into an open drain at East Arm Road Mount Direction and the disposal of sewage at two recreational facilities without approval in the state’s north.

EPA Director Alex Schaap said the incidents occurred in 2012 and involved breaches of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (EMPC) (Waste Management) Regulations 2010.

“This prosecution should serve as a reminder to others in the industry to ensure waste is disposed of at the appropriate facility,” Mr. Schaap said.

“This company is registered as a controlled waste handler and the community has an expectation that waste collected will be disposed of in a lawful manner,” Mr. Schaap said.

Mr. Schaap said the sentencing serves as a general reminder about the state’s waste management regulations and the requirements to dispose of waste correctly.

“It is not acceptable to dispose of these types of wastes other than by approved methods,” Mr. Schaap said.