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EPA cooks up a storm

20 Jul 2012

A Sunshine North business has paid the price for failing to comply with an EPA

Last month, EPA Victoria fined G&T Used Cooking Oil Collection more than $6000
after it failed to manage its site correctly.

An EPA inspection revealed a significant number of drums and containers
incorrectly stored to prevent environmental risk.

As a result, the company was issued with two notices to ensure products were
stored correctly on site and to clean up areas where oil had been spilt.

EPA Metro Manager Richard Marks said the company was inspected and given a date
to comply by but had failed to implement the necessary changes.

“Sampling indicated traces of fats in the soil indicating that removal of
contaminated soil from the premises had not occurred as requested,” Mr Marks

“It is disappointing when we give companies the opportunity to fix their
operations to comply with the law and they fail to do so.

“Failure to comply with an EPA notice will result in clean up costs plus a fine
from the regulator."

Cooking oil can have serious impacts on the environment posing a risk to
wildlife and depleting oxygen supplies in waterways for aquatic life.

The company has 28 days to pay the fine, seek an internal review or have the
matter dealt with in court.

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