EPA breach costs fumigation company $15,000

EPA breach costs fumigation company $15,000

A freight company operating in regional NSW has been fined $15,000 after they allegedly carried out fumigation activity that put the local community and environment at risk.
Crawford’s Frieghtlines Pty Ltd operates a log fumigation business near Tamworth, providing pesticide and other treatments to wood before they are transported for export to overseas markets.
In November of 2019, a complaint was lodged anonymously to the EPA over the operations of Crawford’s outside of licenced operating hours.
Following the tip, the EPA launched an investigation and found Crawfords had indeed breached their license restrictions and operated outside regulated hours.
The Regional Director for Northern NSW EPA, Karen Marler, explained that the regulations were in place for a reason. 

“Conducting fumigation activities outside licenced hours has the potential to cause harm to the community and environment.

“Near sunrise and sunset, there is an increased likelihood of calmer weather conditions which can affect the dispersal of pesticide fumes in the air, potentially leading to higher concentrations of pesticide fumes close to ground level.

“The conditions on the licence are designed to reduce the potential for harm due to limited dispersion,” Ms Marler said.

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