Magistrate has fined Wimmera company $50,000 for dumping waste
Horsham Magistrate’s Court has fined a Wimmera company $50,000 for dumping waste from a Horsham demolition site at a rural property near Warracknabeal.
Environment Protection Authority Victoria officers traced the waste to the northern Wimmera property after receiving a report from Horsham Rural City Council of rubble being cleared from the former fuel-station site at 31 Mill Street, Horsham.
EPA northwest regional manager Dr Scott Pigdon said the Magistrate also ordered B and J Bentley Investments pay $8000 in costs.
“The company pleaded guilty under Section 27 of the Environment Protection Act 1970 for dumping industrial waste at a site not licensed to accept that waste,” Dr Pigdon said.
“The construction and demolition waste included concrete, timber, soil, gravel, plastic and metal, as well as more than 10 square metres of asbestos sheeting,” he said.
“EPA testing showed three out of four soil samples taken from the property on Gaulkes Road, Warracknabeal, contained asbestos.”
EPA officers also found scrap metals and car bodies; rusted metal drums, iron sheeting, disused petrol tanks up to 20,000 litres in size, evidence of burnt waste including timbers, plastics, green waste, recycling, plastic bulk containers, a mattress, a pit with mixed waste including carpet and plastic drums, and soil contaminated with fuel and oil.