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17/12 - Gold miner Unity Mining fined $1500 for EPA breach

Unity Mining, the operator of the Dargues Gold Mine near Braidwood, has been fined $1500 for breaching a licence condition over the use of a chemical flocculent to treat stormwater in July this year.

Environment Protection Authority director Gary Whytcross said the company breached its licence to operate in a proper and efficient manner when it used a chemical that had the potential to cause harm, and failed to put in place proper procedures to ensure the environment was protected.

Mr Whytcross said the company failed to adhere to the conditions of its environment protection licences.

"While we do not think that any serious environmental harm was caused in this instance, it was more through good luck than good management that this was the outcome," he said.

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