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  • 30 November 2017
    Rain, Rain go away!

    The wet season has started in Northern Australia. This again brings into focus the need to ensure that your fuel storage bund remains free of rainwater to maintain the design bund capacity. The Australian Standard AS 1940 – 2017 Storage and Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids requires the Bund Drain Valve to be locked at all times except when it is being used to remove rainwater. Rainwater that collects in fuel storage bunds is frequently contaminated with fuel which means the water cannot be discharged without treatment. Some sites resort to having the mildly contaminated water removed by a liquid waste contractor at a cost of 30 – 40 cents per litre. This cost builds up if the wet […]

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  • NSW EPA on the warpath for illegal waste disposal practices

    A recent news story reveals that the NSW EPA has been involved in 3 separate prosecutions regarding illegal waste dumping over the past year. One involves a waste recycling company who has allegedly exceeded their license for the volume of waste it can treat at a specific site. The second involves a waste company illegally spreading contaminated mulch on farmland. This has since been removed from the farm. The final case involved a construction company storing waste spoil from a road construction project on a neighbouring property without an appropriate license or DA. These cases illustrate the reduced tolerance for illegal waste handling in NSW.. Image source: abc.net.au

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