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Mine operators guilty

Mine operators guilty

Photo: Wayne Rigg, CFA

Hazelwood operators found guilty of 10 WorkSafe breaches

Story by Stephanie McLean, Macquarie National News

The operator of the Hazelwood power station has been found guilty of failing to prevent the 2014 mine fire which put nearby communities at risk.

The blaze started on 9 February 2014 when two nearby bushfires spread into the open cut coal mine.

It burnt for 45 days, cloaking the town of Morwell with smoke and ash.

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A Supreme Court jury has found Hazelwood Power Corporation guilty of 10 WorkSafe breaches.

They include failing to do an adequate risk assessment and failing to have a reticulated water pipe system for worked-out mines.

The operator was cleared of two charges relating to its lack of alternative power.

It can now be revealed, Hazelwood operators were found guilty earlier this year of EPA pollution offences resulting from the fire.

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