EPA accused of enabling illegal dumping
The Environmental Protection Authority could be investigated after being accused of enabling illegal dumping.
The transport of waste, landfill practices and illegal dumping have been investigated by a Parliamentary inquiry after the EPA’s director of waste management Steve Beaman was secretly recorded joking about swapping New South Wales rubbish for Queensland Mangoes – and mocking the state’s waste tracking system.
Ray Hadley has obtained a leaked copy of the inquiries recommendations which include:
- The NSW Government allocate immediate additional resources to support policing of illegal dumping
- The NSW EPA strengthen liaison with NSW police when it comes to illegal activity in the waste sector, with formal protocols made public
- The NSW Government amend the Protection of the Environmental Administration Act to provide the appointment of a Chairman, independent of the CEO of NSW EPA
- The NSW Government conduct an independent review of the NSW EPA
- Establish an independent inquiry to investigate the operation and regulation of the Mangrove Mountain landfill site
- The authority immediately increase the use of vehicle trackers to prevent illegal dumping
- Make it an offence to exhume waste from landfill sites
- An immediate restructure of the EPA
The report is due to be made public this afternoon.
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