Owner of Mirrabooka dry cleaners fined for contamination of soil and groundwater

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A MIRRABOOKA dry cleaning owner has been fined $22,250 after being convicted in the Perth Magistrates Court for failing to investigate contamination of soil and groundwater.

Hong Dung Quach was fined $22,250 and ordered to pay $7242.50 in costs for failing to investigate the contamination of soil and groundwater with dry cleaning chemicals under the premise.

The site on Yirrigan Drive is currently classified as contaminated – remediation required under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003.

Initial inquiries conducted by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) indicated the contamination could have occurred through the disposal of dry cleaning wastes into a stormwater soakwell.

Quach was served with an investigation notice pursuant to Section 49 of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 in April 2016 and failed to comply with the requirements.

DWER compliance and enforcement executive director Stuart Cowie said the court outcome showed the serious nature of failure to comply with notices.

“The Department takes compliance with notices very seriously and will continue to take action against those with disregard for the law,” he said.

DWER is working with the land owner to ensure the contamination is investigated and remediated.

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