Kwinana’s Coogee Chemicals fined for 2015 diesel spill

Kwinana’s Coogee Chemicals fined for 2015 diesel spill

KWINANA Beach-based company Coogee Chemicals has been fined $25,000 for a diesel spill in 2015.

The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) issued the modified penalty after it was established the company caused approximately 126,000 litres of diesel to be discharged into the environment on August 19, 2015.

This happened while a shipment was being received at its bulk liquid terminal in Kwinana.

The discharge occurred through valves that were inadvertently left open after previous maintenance.

A DER statement said Coogee Chemicals Pty Ltd notified DER promptly, immediately began remediation of the site, cooperated with DER during the investigation and reviewed processes to prevent a recurrence.

DER director general Jason Banks said the penalty was appropriate as it balanced the severity of the incident against the company’s cooperation.

“The diesel spill was significant and had the potential to cause serious environmental harm,” he said.

“DER will continue to impose such penalties to prevent similar incidents in the future.”

The modified penalty was administered for causing material environmental harm under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

The company has paid the fine.