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$1200 Fine for Pollution Offences

29 September 2008
The Director of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Warren Jones says the fining of a former oil recycling business owner over the incorrect disposal of a controlled waste should serve as a warning to others to properly manage their waste. Peter Roger Johnson appeared in the Hobart Magistrates Court on Thursday 25 September to answer a charge instigated by the Environment Protection Authority. EPA Director Warren Jones said Mr Johnson was charged following an incident in which concentrated oil dispersant was washed into the River Derwent at Selfs Point. "Environment officers investigated the offence after complaints by the public prompted a site inspection in March last year," Mr Jones said. In court, Mr Johnson pleaded guilty to the offence of permitting a controlled waste to be disposed of in a manner that is likely to allow an escape of the waste into the environment. He was ordered to pay a fine of $1200. Mr Jones said disposing of chemicals by washing them into the nearest waterway is not acceptable in the 21st century. "There are waste management companies that can properly dispose of such materials," Mr Jones said. Mr Jones thanked the members of the public who alerted the EPA to the incident. Anyone who is unsure how to dispose of chemical waste should contact the EPA on 6233 6518.