A Hunter rock quarry has been fined for taking more than a quarter of a million tones above its set production levels.
The Land and Environment court fined Hunter Quarries $70 000 after it exceeded approved tonnages at its Karuah plant.
Between August 2008 and July 2009, the plant moved nearly 785 000 tonnes of hard rock, above its limit of 500 000 tonnes.
The court stated that this was a systematic failure of the quarry to effectively measure its tonnage.
This fine is the latest for the company, which last year was penalized for the death of a truck driver in 2005.