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Lake Clean-up costs $10,000
By Virginia Egerton-Warbuton (The West Australian June 26 2001)

The Department of Environmental Protection (www.environ.wa.gov.au) has defended its failure to stop the pollution of lake in Parkwood which has been happening regularly for at least three years.

A fuel spill at the weekend saw up to 100 litres of oil drain into a lake at Whaleback golf course.  The Clean-up cost about $10,000.The business believed to be responsible for the spill is an industrial premises on Vulcan Road.
DEP said the department had tried to trace the pollutants for 2 1/2 years.  Some businesses responsible for pollution in the area had been identified and forced to change their practices.  But the business believed to be responsible for the latest spill was not one of those previously identified. 

The business’ management was cooperating with the investigation but it was likely to be several weeks before there was an outcome.  Bannister Creek Catchment Group spokeswoman Julie Robert said small amounts of pollutants had drained into the lake each fortnight on Friday afternoons for years.

The small amounts of pollutant could have been stopped by boom but that would not have been enough to contain the spill at the weekend.  DEP said it was hoped the company responsible would pay for the clean-up.

The maximum penalty for businesses caught illegally dumping pollutants is $1 million.  Business owners face up to five years in prison under the Environmental Protection Act.


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