Timber mill fined

Dongwha sawmill.
Nanjing Night Net

Dongwha Timbers’ sawmill has been issued with a Penalty Notice for $15,000 by compliance officers from the Department of Planning and Environment.

Dongwha Timbers were penalised for tracking mud and dirt onto public roads after failing to seal an internal road within the site.

Theinvestigation was carried out following complaints to the department by Snowy Monaro Regional Council.

Manager of General Affairs at Dongwha Timbers, Michael Dyer confirmed the company had been fined $15,000 for allowing mud and debris to exit the site.

“Dongwha Timbers has been conscious of mud and debris exiting our site especially this year with the high rainfall.

“We are now working the the department to ensure this issue is rectified in a timely manner,” he said.

Department of Planning and Environment compliance officer issued five penalties worth $75,000 to quarry, timber and waste management facility operators in southern NSW for breaching approval conditions.

During October they inspected 57 sites throughout NSW and 12 in the southern region where they issued five $15,000 fines –the highest possible fine the department can issue.

Executive director of Resource Assessments and Compliance, Oliver Holm said the department actively inspected sites, did spot checks and undertook unannounced visits to ensure companies were complying with their conditions.

“We take breaches seriously and the community has an expectation that any breach will result in the appropriate action,” he said.

Penalty’s of $15,000 were also issued to Holcim’s Cooma Road Quarry in Queanbeyan; CEAL’s Ardmore Park Quarry in Bungonia with two fines going to Veolia Environmental Services’ Woodlawn Waste Facility in Tarago.

Compliance enforcement can include warning letters and orders, fines of up to$15,000 and prosecutions for the most serous offences with penalties of up to $5 million.

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