As required by the Environment Protection Act 1970, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) will consider an application from Energy Brix Australia Corporation Pty Ltd (EBAC) to construct an asbestos landfill facility on the site of the old Morwell power station.
The power station, at 412 Commercial Road, Morwell, has been inactive since 2014. EBAC is preparing the site for sale which will include the demolition of the old buildings generating approximately 10,000 m3 of friable (Class A) and non-friable/bonded (Class B) asbestos containing material (ACM) including lagging, sheeting, refractories and asbestos gasket contaminated steel. The bulk of the ACM is expected to be asbestos cement sheeting.
As part of the application EBAC has confirmed it will only accept ACM from the demolished power station, no waste from external sources would be accepted and the maximum operating life of the landfill site would be two years.
“EPA will now carefully consider the many factors that are involved in such an application before making a determination,” said EPA Manager, Development Assessments Tim Faragher.
“This will include how EBAC proposes the safe handling, storage, management and final disposal of the ACM to protect the environment and human health.
“As part of the process EPA will take submissions from the local community. Public submissions can be received up to 6 March 2018. Click on the loink to find out how http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/licences-and-approvals/public-participation/commenting-on-applications .”
A copy of a summary or a summary of this application, application plans, specifications and other information can be viewed on the EPA website at http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/licences-and-approvals/public-participation/open-for-comment