EPA fine for Second Ponds Creek pollution

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined a road work subcontractor for a water pollution incident that occurred during the Schofields Road Upgrade Project at Rouse Hill last month. 

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) officers informed the EPA that an unknown quantity of sediment-laden water had been pumped from an excavation pit on the worksite into a stormwater drain that flowed into nearby Second Ponds Creek. 

The EPA had previously issued the sub-contracting company, OHL Abergeldie, with a formal warning on March 3 when it identified that the pollution control measures that the sub contractor had in place were inadequate. 

“OHL Abergeldie undertook pollution control improvements in response to the formal warning; however these were insufficient to prevent approximately 800L of sediment-laden water being improperly discharged from the site on 14 March.” the EPA’s Director Metropolitan Branch Giselle Howard said. 

“EPA officers conducted an inspection of the worksite and obtained water quality samples. 

“Our investigation of the incident confirmed that while the ongoing impact of the sediment on the 

environment appears to be low, the actions of the sub-contractor had the potential to cause serious harm to the environment,” she said. 

The EPA is continuing to closely monitor activities on the site to ensure the sub-contractor complies with its environmental protection requirements. 

The EPA encourages members of the community who have a concern about environmental pollution or knowledge of a particular pollution incident to contact the EPA’s 24hour Environment Line on 131 555 and report the matter.

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