The chemical company Orica has been fined $768,000 over a series of chemical spills and safety breaches at two of its sites in New South Wales.
The NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) took the company to court for breaching its licence conditions.
Orica pleaded guilty to nine charges.
Eight of them relate to the company's Kooragang Island facility in Newcastle while the other involved the company's plant at Botany in Sydney's south.
The EPA said the incidents resulted in pollution being released into the air and water near both sites.
The incidents at the Kooragang Island facility included the emission of hexavalent chromium, a toxic chemical which affected a nearby residential area, as well as an ammonia leak later that year.
The EPA said it is a significant penalty and a strong deterrent.
More to come.