NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative chief executive Chris Connors is overseeing the sale of property interests at its Broadwater, Condong and Harwood mill sites in order to raise capital to reduce current debt levels.
NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative chief executive Chris Connors is overseeing the sale of property interests at its Broadwater, Condong and Harwood mill sites in order to raise capital to reduce current debt levels. Doug Eaton

Sunshine Sugar responds to Broadwater Mill fine

THE issue of a fine regarding a spillage that occurred in September at the Broadwater Mill has prompted a reply from Sunshine Sugar's chief executive officer Chris Connors.

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"The solution that was spilt was only a 5% caustic mix in with 1,000 litres of water and then immediately diluted into 8,000 litres of cooling water," he said in a media release.

"The EPA acknowledged in the discussions that we had on this issue, that there was no environmental impact because the spill was minimal and significantly diluted."

Mr Connors said the spill had such little impact, if the mill hadn't reported it  'the world would have been none the wiser'.

"We take a lot of pride in our continuous improvement programs that are now the operational foundation of our business," he said.

"We are in fact the only 100% Bonsucro (international sustainability) certified sugar producer int he world."

Mr Connors questioned the viability of the fine saying it simply put funds into state government coffers rather than making a difference to the mill's responsibility towards their systems and improvement programs.

"Our view is the fine would have been better spent targeting those continuous improvement outcomes," he said.



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