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Mill charged on dumping toxic waste

Frank McKee is worried the toxins leaching from this dumping ground at Builyan will make people sick.
Frank McKee is worried the toxins leaching from this dumping ground at Builyan will make people sick.

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

THE company that allegedly illegally disposed of nearly 80 drums of poison within the Awoonga Dam catchment will appear in the Gladstone Magistrates Court next month.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has charged operators of a timber mill in Builyan over the alleged disposal of toxic waste in the catchment in 2002.

The alarm was raised publicly about the alleged dumping in July last year by Boyne Valley residents who were concerned that copper chrome arsenate used by the mill to treat timber would contaminate Lake Awoonga's water and the local Builyan water supply.

The EPA charged Parkside Holdings Pty Ltd company director Robert James Tapiolas and executive director Ronald John Bergman over the alleged burial of 78 44-gallon drums of the material at its Builyan mill.

The company was charged with one count of wilfully contravening the conditions of an EPA environmental authority for allegedly failing to properly dispose of the drums of waste.

The men were charged with one count of failing to ensure the company did not wilfully contravene a condition of the Environmental Protection Authority.

The EPA alleges the offences took place in May or June 2002.

Mr Bergman has also been charged with providing false and misleading information to an EPA investigator on April 28, 2005, while being interviewed over the alleged burial of the waste.



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