Man caught illegally taking asbestos to Swanbank site

A MAN has been fined $36,000 for unlawfully transporting tonnes of asbestos to a Swanbank landfill site.

The Ipswich Magistrates Court was told the man transported approximately 21 tonnes of asbestos from a site at Haigslea in 2015 and deposited it at the Swanbank facility.

He did not have Environmental Authority to do so.

Department of Environment and Science officials had previously attended the Haigslea site three times where asbestos material was visible.

In 2015, an inspector from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland also saw what he believed to be asbestos material on the site.

On August 7, 2015 a witness saw the man leaving the site in a truck which contained asbestos material.

The man was found guilty on February 23 of carrying out an environmentally relevant activity without an Environmental Authority, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

He was also found guilty of failing to record the prescribed information in relation to the transport of asbestos on August 7, 2015.

The man was fined $35,000 for unlawfully transporting asbestos, $1,000 for the waste tracking offence. He was also ordered to pay legal costs of $4,500 and investigation costs of $1,241.20.

The Department regards dumping asbestos without the appropriate approval and failing to provide the required information in a waste tracking certificate as serious matters.

As no conviction was recorded, the Department cannot publish the name of the offender.