* Bungled clean-up costs company $63,000 * Anglo American seeks EPBC approval for NSW coal mine * BlueScope won't be exposed to upstream carbon costs, Deutsche says * Queensland to monitor cleantech sector
Huntsman Corporation has told a NSW court it is planning an $8 million upgrade of a Sydney facility that emitted a carcinogenic gas, with the company ordered to pay $68,000 after pleading guilty to failing to act in a competent manner.
EPA Victoria and the City of Casey will jointly pay property owners $23.5 million to settle a landfill gas class action, with the council now attempting to recover much of its money from nine other entities – including consultants – and the EPA still considering its position.
The Queensland Parliament has passed a bill introducing a broad range of new environmental penalties, with one Labor MP justifying the changes partly on the basis of a company that copped a $100,000 hazardous waste dumping fine because it was cheaper than proper disposal.
* Site owner 'untruthful, selfish, grossly irresponsible', judge says * Tribunal crushes council's veto of construction waste recycling plant * Court orders water utility to pay $63,000 * Changes at Sustainable Business Australia
Companies are up to 20 times more likely to be prosecuted for an OHS offence than an environmental one, and in some states workplace safety agencies issue thousands more compliance notices than their environmental counterparts, raising serious questions about the willingness of environmental regulators to enforce the law.
EPA Victoria will prosecute many more companies, revamp the way it uses pollution abatement notices and pilot a fast-track review procedure for businesses wanting to challenge its decisions, in the wake of today's independent report urging a shake-up of its approach to compliance and enforcement.