Company fined $45k for failing to prevent chemical leak

A GLADSTONE earthmoving company was slapped with a $45,000 fine in Gladstone Magistrates Court, for failing to prevent leaking contaminants.

Streeters Earthmoving Pty Ltd appeared to face two charges of contravening a development condition of a development approval and pleaded guilty to all charges.

The charges related to unauthorised, frequent spills of diesel and oil at their yard at Yarwun Quarries, as well as failing to sufficiently bund all liquid chemicals and waste containers.

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Officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection were first alerted to the issue and attended the site in November 2012, however argued that Streeters had failed to contain and clean up the spills as set out in the environmental approval conditions.

Streeters were acting on behalf of Scottco Earthmoving Pty Ltd at the time and argued there had been insufficient directions communicated to them in regards to warnings and notices issued by the DEHP about the contamination issues.

Scottco had been fined $45,000 for the offence and Magistrate Russell Warfield decided to impose the same $45,000 fine on Streeters.

No conviction was recorded, however they were ordered to pay a further $1535 in investigative costs and $750 in legal costs, and were given one month to pay the entire sum.


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