Leaking containers cost Veolia NSW EPA fine

Offence seen as contravention of company’s licence conditions

Leaking containers cost Veolia NSW EPA fine
NSW EPA image of the facility


Veolia Environmental Services Australia has copped a $15,000 fine for leaking containers at its Crisps Creek Intermodal Facility at Tarago, New South Wales.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) alleged the company had leaking containers carrying waste after an inspection of the facility in May.

EPA officers observed liquid leaking out the bottom of a sealed door to a container transferring waste.

The facility at Tarago receives waste in large sealed containers by rail which is then unloaded onto trucks for transport by road to the Woodlawn Landfill.

More on EPA's action against noncompliant waste operators, here

EPA executive director regulatory operations Carmen Dwyer pointed out a leaking container was a contravention of Veolia’s licence conditions.

"When transferring waste, containers need to be water tight to prevent the leakage of waste water during all transport and handling activities," Dwyer said.

"Any waste water that leaks from containers can damage the environment, ending up in our waterways causing water pollution or generating odours which can impact neighbours."

A faulty container door was deemed to be the reason behind the leak and Veolia has taken the container out of service until it is fixed.

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