Contractor fined for environmental breaches

John Holland has been fined after a series of environmental breaches at the Dalrymple Bay and Abbot Point coal terminal extensions.

The company has been fined $195 000 company reportedly consistently failed to capture abrasive sand blasted from metal and plastic structures at the coal loader terminal extension projects, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Heavy metals are also believed to have been mixed with the discharges, such as zinc and barium.

These breaches occurred from September 2008 until June 2009, and while the company was warned of its environmental transgressions, it allegedly did nothing until the DERM inspections were instigated.

However, John Holland state that the company had carried out regular meetings with contractors to ensure it did not break the law.

Queensland environment minister Vicky Darling stated that John Holland had failed to contain the discharges, and had not cleaned them up either.

"All companies have an obligation to comply with Queensland’s environmental laws and Queenslanders have a right to expect that companies fulfill their environmental responsibilities," Darling said.

The contract pleaded guilty to all the charges brought against it.


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