The NSW Environment Protection Authority has commenced seven prosecutions in the Land and Environment Court in relation to the alleged illegal disposal of waste, including asbestos, Arcadia NSW.
The EPA alleges that between January 2017 and August 2017, a waste contractor arranged for approximately 1,400 truckloads of dirt and fill to be transported to and disposed of at an Arcadia property, owned by Arcadia Investment Holdings.
EPA Chief Environmental Regulator Mark Gifford said the EPA had carried out a comprehensive investigation into the transport and disposal of the material.
“The EPA alleges that the transport and disposal of material to the Arcadia site was unlawful in several respects,” he said.
“The EPA undertook inspections at the site in August and September 2017 after being alerted by a member of the public that the Arcadia site was allegedly being used to dispose of contaminated soil.
“The EPA observed a large stockpile of fill containing soil, concrete, timber pieces, metal, broken ceramics, plastic and fibro pieces which were found to contain asbestos.”
On Friday 24 August the EPA commenced the following prosecutions in the Land and Environment Court:
- Three prosecutions against the waste contractor for allegedly polluting land, unlawful waste transport and causing the Arcadia site to be used as an unlawful waste facility.
- One prosecution against Arcadia Investment Holdings Pty Ltd for allegedly permitting the Arcadia site to be used as an unlawful waste facility.
- Three prosecutions against the Director of Arcadia Investment Holdings for allegedly polluting land, unlawful waste transport and permitting the Arcadia site to be used as an unlawful waste facility.
The prosecutions are listed before the Land and Environment Court for directions on 5 October 2018. —