Asbestos disposal investigation

THE state’s peak environmental watchdog could yet prosecute a company accused of illegally transporting and disposing of asbestos last year.
Nanjing Night Net

Investigations are continuing after a quantity of the hazardous material was found last November on private property on Wandobah Road at Tambar Springs.

The bonded asbestos is understood to have been contained in debris from a house in Gunnedah that had been demolished following a fire.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) issued a clean-up notice to the demolition company to remove and dispose of the material correctly.

It also took formal regulatory action, in the form of a warning letter, against the company that transported the asbestos.

However, EPA local manager Simon Smith said investigations into whether the conduct breached the Protection of the Environment Operations Act were ongoing.

“This incident serves as a reminder to companies that there are significant penalties for transporting and accepting waste unlawfully,” he said.

“If the waste is contaminated with material like asbestos, then the company and its operators may be

placing themselves and others at risk by handling it.”

Anyone who sees illegal dumping occurring, or comes across waste that has been illegally dumped, is asked to report the matter on 131 555.

– Ross Tyson, Northern Daily Leader

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