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The NSW Environment Protection Authority has fined a local council $1,500, for not holding the appropriate licence, which would allow them to own two gauges containing a sealed radioactive source.

The local council used the radioactive sources for engineering works such as road construction, although the local council had not actually used the sources since 2011. The local council had previously had the correct licence for the radioactive gauges, however they had let this registration lapse after 2011, as the sources were no longer used.

The Environment Protection Authority can issue penalties for offences committed by local councils. For this reason, local councils must be aware of their environmental law and contamination law obligations. If local governments are unsure about their obligations, they should contact a local government lawyer in order to ensure they are compliant with environmental law.

Matthews Folbigg Lawyers, offer local government legal services in Parramatta, and are able to advise in relation to all matters relating to local councils and environmental disputes. Call an expert local government lawyer in Parramatta today on 1800 300 308.