Asbestos conviction

KOGARAH Council said it would continue to prosecute unlawful asbestos dumpers after its first successful case in the Land and Environment Court where a defendant was ordered to pay more than $35,000 in penalties.
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A council spokeswoman said the case involved dumping 16 large boxes laden with fibro-asbestos sheeting in four streets in the Kogarah region.

“A vehicle registration number was identified at one of the dumping sites and was traced to the residential address of the dumper,” she said. “At the property, boxes which were identical to the 16 dumped boxes were found and a garage on which fibro-asbestos sheeting was being replaced with cladding.

“The fibro-asbestos found at the property was tested and found to be identical to that which was dumped unlawfully.”

The defendant pleaded guilty and the magistrate imposed a $20,000 fine and ordered him to pay the council’s legal costs and those costs associated with the removal of the dumped material.

The spokeswoman said this was the first case of unlawful asbestos dumping in the Kogarah region that was prosecuted successfully in the Land and Environment Court.

“The severity of the penalty imposed reflects the seriousness of the offence, with the magistrate recognising the potentially dangerous effects of asbestos dumping,” she said.

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