On December 21 the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) welcomed the Environment Resources and Development (ERD) Court’s decision to sentence a Bradbury man after it was found he breached the Environment Protection Act 1993.
Anthony Rosier pleaded guilty to nine separate breaches of the Act.
Eight of the breaches related to providing false and misleading information to the EPA for asbestos removal work he undertook in Kanmantoo in March 2016.
The court convicted Mr Rosier and fined him $15,600 after a 40 per cent reduction for an early plea.
The matter related to Mr Rosier removing 800sqm of asbestos sheeting from a site in Kanmantoo in January 2016 despite SafeWork SA cancelling his licence to remove asbestos.
Judge Cole presided over the matter and said the charges were of a serious nature.
“This is always undesirable, but particularly so when the subject matter of the system is an activity such as asbestos removal which has the real potential to harm human health,” she said.
The conviction follows an EPA intelligence-led operation targeting Rosier trading as Eco Asbestos.
EPA Manager Investigations and Waste Compliance Steve Barry said the outcome of this case demonstrated the seriousness of these types of offences.
“The removal and transport of asbestos is treated seriously in South Australia because sufficient quantities of inhalation of fine asbestos fibres over time, can cause significant health issues,” he said.
“In this particular case, the EPA’s operation led to detection of Rosier undertaking unlicensed asbestos work and falsifying asbestos transport certificates.
“All removalists need to ensure that they provide accurate information to the EPA.”
Penalties for non-compliance or illegally dumping asbestos materials apply.
Individuals found to have illegally disposed of asbestos will face a maximum penalty of $500,000 or four years imprisonment, or a maximum of $2 million for a body corporate.