Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has fined the occupier of a Campbellfield site more than $750 for failing to report the removal of industrial waste and oil stored at a property not licensed to receive it.
EPA Metropolitan Manager Daniel Hunt said an EPA investigation of the Campbellfield site earlier this year found eight skip bins filled with waste stored at the site.
“At follow up inspections of the site EPA officers found a skip bin full of soil and concrete, containers of waste oil and a pile of waste that contained timber, plastic and a mattress deposited on the ground,” Mr Hunt said.
“EPA also found a semi-trailer full of rubbish and a pile of scrap metal at the site that contained car doors, a truck body and several old gas tanks from cars stored at the premises.”
Mr Hunt said EPA had issued the site occupier with a notice that required them to remove all the waste from the site and to take it to a facility that was licensed to accept it by 30 June 2016.
“EPA officers visited the site on the date the notice was due for compliance and found that although the waste had been removed from the site, the individual had failed to comply with the reporting requirement of the notice,” Mr Hunt said.
“The occupier of the site was required to provide documentation to EPA about where the waste had been taken, to ensure it wasn’t dumped illegally elsewhere, and failed to do so by this date. The individual’s failure to comply with the notice was a clear breach of the Environment Protection Act 1970.”
EPA urges members of the public to continue reporting suspected pollution to EPA on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or at www.epa.vic.gov.au