Geoff Potter

Quarry fined for exceeding sand extraction limits

THE Tweed Sand Quarry's owners have been fined $15,000 for extracting more material than their approval conditions allow.

Management notified the Department of Planning Environment the quarry gone beyond its approved 150,000cu m sand extraction limit in the 2015-16 financial year.

A departmental spokesman said the company fully co-operated but must still pay a $15,000 penalty.

"Approved extraction limits are designed to manage the environmental impacts of the quarry such as traffic and truck movements," he said.

"The company admitted to the breach and explained the increase in extraction was due to higher market demand for the quarry materials.

"Our compliance officers review reports and conduct audits, undertake spot checks without warning, as well as work with companies to ensure they are sticking to the rules.

"Compliance enforcement can include warning letters and orders, fines which can reach up to $5 million and prosecutions for the most serious offences." -ARM NEWSDESK



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