EPA NSW has fined a Greater Sydney waste operator $15,000 for failing to competently manage asbestos at its landfill site.
Blacktown Waste Services (BWS) was issued the penalty notice in relation to asbestos cement disposed of at its Marsden Park landfill.
At an inspection at the site last August, EPA NSW found many broken pieces of suspected asbestos cement in the asbestos disposal area, which was not appropriately covered. After sampling and analysis, it was confirmed that the cement contained asbestos.
EPA NSW issued the $15,000 fine to BWS for failure to operate in a competent manner, as required by its environment protection licence.
“By not appropriately covering the asbestos disposal area, BWS created a situation that was potentially harmful to human health,” said EPA NSW Senior Manager of Waste Compliance Chris McElwain.
“In response to the inspection, BWS has ceased accepting asbestos, appropriately covered the asbestos disposal area, disciplined staff and reviewed its standard procedures.”