Council hit with $14,000 EPA penalty

GRANT District Council has been embroiled in penalty negotiations with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) following a number of breaches at the Port MacDonnell Waste Transfer Station.

This follows one of the dewatering/desludge bags bursting in a bunded lagoon causing an overflow of some liquid waste at the dump.

Each of the breaches carried a maximum penalty of $120,000 due to the fact the council is a “body corporate”.
After some negotiation, council now faces a $14,000 fine for one breach.

Council chief executive officer Trevor Smart met with EPA officers in Adelaide earlier this month to discuss what he says is an “unreasonable


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