Dumping allegation causes a stink at Pimlico
THE Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the illegal dumping of septic tank waste, grease trap waste and drilling mud at a Pimlico property.
Jade Wesley Rose, trading as Ballina Pumping Service and Northern Rivers Vacuum Excavation, has been issued with clean-up notices from the agency in relation to various types of liquid waste that were "unlawfully applied" to land on Pimlico Rd.
According to the EPA notices, the property was inspected on several occasions in September.
The inspections found tanker trucks, stockpiles of dirt, land disturbance, drilling mud and excavation mud, as well as a large stockpile of road base aggregate.
It is understood a minimum of 15,000 litres of grease trap waste, 10,500 litres of waste oil and 3000 litres of drilling mud/excavation mud was stored at the property.
The agency's manager of waste and resource strategy, Chris McElwain, said illegal dumping was a health risk to the community.
"It also spoils the natural landscape and can lead to serious environmental damage through degradation," he said.
Hefty penalties apply to people and corporations caught dumping rubbish.
On-the-spot fines range between $750 and $5000.
If prosecuted, the maximum fines for transport and dumping offences are $250,000 for individuals and $1 million for corporations.
The Pimlico property is the same one being investigated by Ballina Shire Council in relation to the dumping of 200 tonnes of building and demolition waste.
The company involved in that incident, Tweed Coast Demolition and Excavations, has been directed to remove the waste by November 26.
Mr Rose must also remove all unlawful drilling mud, excavation mud, grease trap waste, oily water and other liquid waste by the same date.
Anyone who has or heard of illegal dumping activities should contact the Environment Line on 131555 or the local council.