A semi-rural property turned into a dump site for toxic waste has left the owner furious and unable to sell the property.
Three and a half years ago property owner Jeff Demanuele watched as 80 truckloads turned up and dumped 1,200 tonnes of bricks, concrete, metal, plastic and fibro in a pile at his property at Leppington, western Sydney.
Mr Demanuele and his wife Rose, who captured the dumping on CCTV, said the illegal dump was so brazen in nature that a passing council ranger pulled in and spoke to the drivers and took down rego numbers.
However, three years on no one has been charged and now the couple want to sell the property but have been told no-one will buy it due to the toxic waste.
Three and a half years ago 80 truckloads turned up and unloaded 1200 tonnes of bricks, concrete, metal, plastic and fibro in a pile on the western Sydney property (left) and now owner Jeff Demanuele (right) is unable to sell the Leppington acreage
‘I’m shocked and outraged this has happened and my local council and the Environmental Protection Agency aren’t doing anything about it,’ Mr Demanuele told A Current Affair.
‘They opened the side gate and told the tenants that it was all approved by me.
‘I knew nothing of it and would never have allowed that.’
By the time Jeff got to his property, the trucks had finished and his backyard was left devastated with waste which Jeff estimates saved the dumpers millions of dollars in tipping fees.
He contacted the the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) who came to investigate and in three and a half years no progress has been made.
The NSW EPA website says they, ‘enforce strict laws relating to illegal dumping to ensure wrongdoers pay heavy penalties for potentially harming human health and the environment, and deter dumpers from repeating the offence.’
For individuals found waste dumping they can be fined up to $250,000.
If a corporation is found to be dumping waste, they can be fined up to $1 million.
NSW EPA told A Current Affair there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute anyone over the illegal dumping of the waste.
Daily Mail Australia has approached the NSW EPA for comment.