The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) are reminding property owners to “think twice and check twice” before they accept any fill material onto their property after a Lansvale man was fined $7,500 for causing soil contaminated with asbestos to be deposited at a private property in Wallacia.
EPA officers were at the Park Road property conducting a proactive illegal landfilling campaign when a tipper truck unloaded approximately 10 tonnes of soil as part of construction of a new dam wall.
The officers observed and videoed the load being dumped and, when they approached the vehicle, the driver refused to stop and left the premises.
The EPA used the truck’s registration details to track down the owner and continue the investigation, and soil samples confirmed that the deposited load was contaminated with asbestos.
The vehicle owner was fined $7,500 for depositing waste at a site that cannot lawfully receive it.
EPA Director Waste Compliance Greg Sheehy said the waste had put the local environment at risk.
“Fortunately, in this case the pollution was contained, but the incident should come as a reminder to all property owners to think twice and check twice before they accept any fill material onto their property. To the untrained eye, the soil may seem fine but unfortunately, this is not always the case,” he said.
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