Newcastle Council Water Pollution Fines
The Newcastle Council has been fined $55,000 and ordered to pay legal fees of $50,000 after it was found they caused water pollution on three separate occasions in 2018 at the Summerhill Waste Management Facility.
The Council has been ordered to publish details regarding this in the Newcastle Herald and on their own social media platforms.
Two of the offences saw water that was contaminated released from a sediment pond and into the Wentworth Creek. The other involved the discharge of sediment laden and ammonia impacted water over the top of a pond wall, also into Wentworth Creek.
The EPA Chief Environmental Regulator David Fowler stated the following;
“The EPA hopes the fines will serve as a deterrent and encourage licence holders to take steps to avoid polluting our state’s waterways.”