Stolthaven Australia has been fined by the NSW Environment Protection Authority for two breaches of its environmental protection license.
The company received two penalty notices of $15,000 each for contravening the throughput limits set in its environmental protection license (EPL) at its bulk liquid fuel storage terminal in Mayfield during the 2014/15 reporting period.
According to Adam Gilligan, manager hunter region at the EPA, the company repeatedly undertook operations at scales for which it has not obtained the necessary development consent or environment protection licensing.
He says: ‘On two occasions during Stolthaven’s 2014/15 reporting period the volume of diesel and biodiesel petroleum products imported, stored and dispatched at the Mayfield duel terminal exceeded the limits set in their EPL.
‘The EPA takes all breaches of license conditions very seriously. When a company is operating outside its EPL, it’s often likely they have inadequate controls and environmental measures in place. In Stolthaven’s case, air emissions from the storage and handling of petroleum products can have significant environmental impacts if not appropriately modelled and managed. In turn, this can impact the health of the surrounding community.
‘In view of these breaches, the EPA varied the company’s EPL to include conditions that require monthly reporting of the volume of petroleum products received and dispatched from the premises. It is hoped that this will ensure Stolthaven operates within its limits in the future.’