Company Owner Cops Conviction Chemical Waste

The director of a company that stored extensive volumes of waste on a moorabbin site was convicted in the Moorabbin Magistrates' Court recently.

The sole active director was ordered to pay more than $330,000 when he pleaded guilty to two charges laid under the Environment Protection Act 1970.

He was fined $25,000 and ordered to pay $265,000 in compensation to support clean up of the site, on charges of breaching two EPA licence conditions and a clean up notice.

EPA Victoria CEO John Merritt said the result showed the court recognised the severity of the issue and is prepared hold individual directors to account.

The director leased the land and the company was licensed by EPA to consolidate and store a maximum of 2 tonnes of dry cleaning waste chemicals at the factory site.

The court heard that the director had stockpiled about 100 tonnes of waste and subsequently walked away from the site.

“No company or individual has the right to leave behind a problem of this magnitude – to simply walk away is not good enough. The director is the one at fault here – he broke the law and abandoned his business leaving a significant and expensive mess behind him.”

The director who apologised in court to the property owners, was also ordered to pay $42,705.74 in EPA costs.

Media Release courtesy of: http://epanote2.epa.vic.gov.au

Published on 1st November 2010

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