07:18 am, Thursday 23 September, 2010
An environmental and engineering services company has been fined by the EPA Victoria over improper drilling waste disposal in May.
The company was fined $5,000 earlier this month after receiving complaints that it left drums of drilling waste in West Footscray.
It was discovered that a contractor for the company finished drilling works and left the waste in four 200-litre drums in a publicly visible area between Buckley Street and the Geelong Road for three days.
Concerned members of the community believed the drums had been abandoned and reported the incident to EPA.
The Maribyrnong City Council had then been informed of the presence of the drums, who promptly removed and disposed of the waste.
Chris Webb, EPA’s director of environmental services, leaving the waste in public for extended periods was not how the agency expected industrial waste to be managed.
“We expect to see greater importance placed on environmental risk management and in managing the expectations of the community, who in this instance were none the wiser as to what was in the drums,” he said.
The EPA had also issued a written warning to the drilling contractor.
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