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Quarry operator fined 000 for nuisance

Northern Tasmanian quarry operator Lloyds North Pty Ltd has been fined for breaching environmental requirements.

The Director of Environmental Management, Warren Jones, said the company was this week fined 000 in the Launceston Magistrates Court on two counts of creating an environmental nuisance and two counts of breaching the requirements of an Environment Protection Notice.

The charges arose out of investigations conducted by the Environment Division of the Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment following a long history of dust complaints from a quarry operated by Lloyds North at Kimberleys Rd, Ulverstone.

The charges of environmental nuisance arose out of windy conditions on 12 and 14 January 2005.

Dust emissions caused irritation and distress to the surrounding community and Mr Jones said the court found that the company should have undertaken a proactive, rather than a reactive response, to dust problems at the site.

"This case highlights the importance of companies managing dust in a way that does not have impact on their neighbours," Mr Jones said.

"It is also important that companies take complaints from neighbours seriously and deal with them quickly and fairly.

"This not only reduces the likelihood of enforcement action, but builds good community relations which simply makes good business sense."