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Queensland takes Adani to court over water discharge during Cyclone Debbie

The Department of Environment and Science in Queensland, Australia, is taking Adani Enterprises Ltd.'s Abbot Point Bulkcoal Pty. Ltd. to court over an unauthorized discharge of sediment water from the Abbot Point coal terminal during Cyclone Debbie in early 2017.

The department said Sept. 5 that the discharged water was more than eight times above the levels authorized in a temporary emissions license.

However, it noted that "no known environmental impacts occurred as a result of the discharge." The department also said that the charge is not in relation to the Caley Valley Wetlands.

A temporary emissions license was granted during the cyclone to allow the release of the storm water at the 100-milligram-per-liter elevated suspended solid limit during heavy rainfalls.

In August 2017, Queensland's Environment and Heritage Protection department fined Abbot Point A$12,190 for breaching conditions of the temporary emissions license.

The Department of Environment and Science said the charge follows a formal investigation started after Abbot Point chose to contest the fine.

Abbot Point can be fined up to A$2.7 million for the offence, and the matter will be heard by the Bowen Magistrates Court on Oct. 23.

According to a same-day report by ABC News, Abbot Point rejected the charge saying that it was in compliance with conditions of the temporary emissions license.