The EPA has approved the works approval application for a permanent toxic soil treatment facility at the Dow Chemical site on Kororoit Creek Road, Altona. This was despite a petition of 3,500 signatures by the Hobsons Bay Residents Association and the complete absence of a Victorian government framework about the siting and operation of permanent soil treatment facilities.
The Hobsons Bay City Council had already written to the state government seeking that they establish a policy that identifies appropriate sites and environmental performance for these facilities, and processes to ensure ongoing independent audits and reporting mechanisms to the regulators and the community.
In their haste to support this application the EPA did not even resolve outstanding issues such as appropriate buffer distances, end use and disposal of treated soil from this facility, ongoing independent environmental monitoring and audits with public disclosure of results, dust and odour issues, and the health and wellbeing of workers and residents in the area.
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(a) a facility of this kind should be located well away from residents and not on the doorstep of one of the biggest residential growth areas in Australia;
(b) the facility’s hours of operation and volume of soil treated are excessive;
(c) insufficient information is provided about the use and disposal of the treated soil; and
(d) temporary, mobile soil treatment technology should be used to clean sites as proven by the applicant, which makes the need to transport contaminated soil around the metropolitan area redundant.