Australian Company Fined for Inadequate Erosion Controls

The Environment Protection Authority of New South Wales (EPA NSW) has announced that Ed Kelly Constructions Pty Ltd (EKC) has been ordered to pay more than AU$24,000 in fines and costs by the Batemans Bay Local Court for polluting waters at Forsters Bay, near Narooma. EKC pleaded guilty to having inadequate sediment and erosion controls in place on 2-3 December 2010, when heavy rainfall caused sediment to enter nearby waterways. EPA NSW acting chief environmental regulator Mark Gifford stated that “[s]ediment is a harmful pollutant in waterways and construction companies must follow best practice and budget adequately to avoid allowing sediment to enter the marine environment”.

EPA NSW’s media release (7 May 2012)
(Source: EPA NSW)