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Alcoa Australia was fined $27,500 by the Perth Magistrates Court this week for allowing dust from its alumina refinery facility in Wagerup to escape from its boundary into the environment.

 

 

The Court was told that on 29 May 2011, dust from Alcoa’s residue disposal area crossed over the boundary of the site into the environment, in contravention of its operating licence and contrary to section 58(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

Magistrate Heaney imposed a fine of $27,500 with $1849.70 costs.

After sentencing, Acting Director General Department of Environment Regulation (DER) Jason Banks said that prosecution was only one of the many tools available to DER to achieve compliance.

“The department will continue to maintain effective regulation through effective licensing, inspection activities and issues management,” Mr Banks said.

8 August 2013

Media Liaison DER        Liz Drew 08 6467 5151

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