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Mining company fined for hypersaline discharges

Mincor Resource

Mincor Resources’ site: Dead vegetation as a result of the hypersaline discharge.

 A Goldfields mining operator has been fined $50,000 by the State Government’s environmental regulator, following two hypersaline water spills at a mine in Widgiemooltha last year.

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Company fined for hypersaline discharge

Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore

Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore site: Dead vegetation as a result of the hypersaline discharge.

The State’s environmental regulator has fined Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd $25,000, after the company discharged hypersaline water near Southern Cross.

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Updates made to the Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) Code for Stationary Source Air Emissions

The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) has released an updated version (March 2016) of the Guideline: Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) Code for Stationary Source Air Emissions (the CEMS Code), originally published in 2006.

Request for feedback on draft Environmental Standard: Composting

A revised draft Environmental Standard: Composting is now available for comment. See the:

Closing date for submissions is 6 June 2016.

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Allawuna Farm Landfill Works Approval Application

On 17 March 2016 DER determined to grant works approval W5830/2015/1 to SITA Australia Pty Ltd.

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Coogee Chemicals fined for diesel spill

Coogee Chemicals Pty Ltd has been fined $25,000 following a 2015 diesel spill in Kwinana.

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Rivervale man guilty of dumping construction waste

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Illegal dumping of construction waste in West Swan.

Published 2 March 2016

A 64-year-old Rivervale man was found guilty yesterday in Midland Magistrates’ Court of illegally dumping construction waste in West Swan.

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Tom Price man guilty of dumping up to 700 used tyres

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The site where up to 700 used tyres were illegally dumped in Paraburdoo.

Published 12 February 2016

A 56-year-old Tom Price man has been found guilty this week in Tom Price Magistrates’ Court of illegally dumping up to 700 used tyres in Paraburdoo.

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Thornlie man fined $10,000 for illegal dumping

Three packets of fencing containing asbestos was dumped at Korung National Park on 3 June 2015.

Three packets of fencing containing asbestos was dumped at Korung National Park on 3 June 2015.

Published 20 January 2016

A 27 year old Thornlie man was fined $10,000 in Armadale Magistrates’ Court yesterday, after illegally dumping fencing containing asbestos at Korung National Park near Karragullen on 3 June last year.

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Review of Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007

Section 99 of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act) requires that the Minister carry out a review of the WARR Act after the fifth anniversary of its commencement and table a report on the review in both houses of Parliament within 12 months of the fifth anniversary.

The review is now complete and the Minister for Environment tabled a report on the review in Parliament on 21 October 2015.

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WALGA and DER to work collaboratively on Environmental Standards for Rural Landfills

Based on feedback from Local Government, the Department has prioritised the development of Environmental Standards for Rural Landfills.

To ensure a consultative and practical approach is taken in the development of these Environmental Standards, the Department has invited WA Local Government Association (WALGA) to be part of the process.  WALGA is putting together a Rural Landfill Working Group with representatives from Local Government and the Waste Management Association of Australia. This Working Group will aim to facilitate a consultative approach in the development and implementation of the Environmental Standard.  

For more information on the WALGA Working Group please visit the WasteNet Website www.wastenet.net.au or contact Rebecca Brown 9213 2063 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Environmental Standard for Rural Landfills (draft) is scheduled for release (see upcoming consultations).

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