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EPA considers proposal for Burnie landfill leachate treatment facility

16 February 2016

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposed landfill leachate treatment facility, located at the Burnie Waste Management Centre, Mooreville Road, Burnie.

Burnie City Council proposed to develop a wetland treatment facility consisting of a series of ponds located on top of the landfill site, to treat up to 600 kL/day of leachate at its waste management centre.

The Chair of the EPA Board, Warren Jones, said that the Board concluded the facility could be developed and managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions.

“The EPA has issued an Environment Protection Notice which contains these conditions,” Mr Jones said.

“Various environmental issues were considered in the Board’s assessment, particularly the potential for water quality impacts on local creek systems,” he said.

“The EPA Board imposed an emission limit at the point of effluent discharge from the site and the Council is required to regularly monitor the effluent and water quality of the downstream environment.

“Conditions have also been attached for contingency measures, including a requirement to recirculate effluent back through the treatment facility, and to maintain a connection to sewer for discharge into the sewer network, if required,” said Mr Jones.

During the period of public consultation, which commenced on 28 November 2015 and ran for a 28 day period, one public representation was received in relation to the proposal, concerned with the discharge of effluent to the creek systems.

The proposal was considered by the EPA Board in the context of the sustainable development objectives of the Resource Management and Planning System of Tasmania (RMPS), and in the context of the objectives of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control System (EMPCS) established by the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994.

The functions of the Board are to administer and enforce the provisions of EMPCA, and in particular to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania, and to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives.

The Board undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of EMPCA.

The decision can be viewed on the EPA website at www.epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/completed-assessments