Illegal Asbestos Dumping
It is indeed crucial for the industry to collaborate in order to identify and eliminate rogue operators who engage in harmful environmental practices. In this case, where a medical clinic had to temporarily close due to the dumping of materials containing asbestos, the release of CCTV footage (below) showing a clear image of an individual involved could potentially aid in the investigation.
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria is leading the investigation and has expressed their commitment to allocating all necessary resources to apprehend the polluters. CEO Lee Miezis has described the incident as shocking, highlighting the seriousness with which the EPA views such environmental violations.
The EPA has pointed out that the culprits managed to evade approximately $2000 in costs, but the potential fines for individuals can reach up to $800,000, while companies may face fines of up to $4 million. These significant penalties underscore the gravity of the offense and aim to discourage future incidents of this nature.
If anyone has information related to the incident, they are encouraged to reach out to either the EPA or the Victorian Waste Management Association (VWMA). By working together and sharing information, it is hoped that the industry can assist the authorities in identifying the responsible parties and putting an end to their harmful actions.