Fine issued after tailings spill

THE Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) has issued a $25,000 fine to a Kalgoorlie mining company for allegedly causing environmental harm.

THE Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) has issued a $25,000 fine to a Kalgoorlie mining company for allegedly causing environmental harm under Section 50B (2) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

According to the DEC, the penalty was issued after an investigation was conducted by DEC’s Environmental Enforcement Unit.

The DEC’s investigations identified that on 6 November 2006, the company allegedly caused a spill of tailings at its facility north of Kalgoorlie.

It is alleged the spill had an adverse impact on vegetation.

The fine is a modified penalty issued under Section 99A of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

The DEC may issue a fine under this section only when certain statutory conditions have been met.

According to the DEC, the company has 28 days in which to pay the fine, otherwise the matter will progress to a prosecution.

Key contact:

WA Department of Environment and Conservation

www.calm.gov.au

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