Asbestos continues to be a major issue across NSW as more of the deadly material is found in homes and workplaces.
The real problem beginning to emerge is the increasing number of people illegally dumping the fibres. This was highlighted by a recent case out of the Land Environment Court.
According to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the man allowed the transport of close to 4,000 tonnes of asbestos waste from a refinery site to a property on the Central Coast.
Although the man had a contract for legally disposing of the asbestos, the property to which his team dumped the material wasn’t. He also provided fake receipts that said he lawfully dumped the material.
The EPA’s Director of Waste and Resource Recovery, Steve Beaman, explained that actions such as these could result in serious harm to local residents as well as the environment.
“This ruling sends a strong message to the community that illegal operators will be caught and will be held to account for their actions,” he said.
“If not transported and disposed of safely waste, especially waste that contains asbestos, has the potential to cause serious harm to the environment.”
Mr Beaman stated all operators must transport and dispose of asbestos material at a licenced facility and then be able to provide receipts with proof to that end.
“If not transported and disposed of safely waste, especially waste that contains asbestos, has the potential to cause serious harm to the environment,” he concluded.
The man was convicted and fined $24,000 for the illegal asbestos waste as well as $12,000 for providing false documents. He could also be subject to paying EPA’s legal costs.
EPA is monitoring the site as the clean up continues and warns the penalties for serious environmental offences has recently increased. Illegal dumpers now face up to seven years in jail and a five million dollar fine.
Asbestos compensation claims in NSW
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