Licences and approvals

Organic Matter Solutions works approval


EPA has granted a works approval for Organic Matter Solutions (OMS) to establish up to five mobile and temporary air curtain burner facilities to burn wood wastes with operations limited to the following locations and circumstances:

  • waterway/land clearing
  • forest
  • areas of diseased weeds disposal
  • areas of disease and/or infested plant matter
  • areas of emergency recovery
  • areas of bushfire fuel reduction.

EPA has comprehensively examined the application in line with the Environment Protection Act, the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (Sustainability Victoria), and relevant state environment protection policies and guidelines. EPA has considered all public submissions and provided a response to community concerns:

  • EPA response to community concerns (Word 125KB; PDF 333KB) 

The assessment focused on the key environmental issues of air emissions, best-practice ash management and fire risk management.

EPA has determined that the environmental risk posed by the temporary establishment of air curtain burner facilities is acceptable and that the proposal complies with the relevant state environment protection policies. Accordingly, EPA has issued a works approval with conditions for the establishment of mobile and temporary air curtain burner facilities.

EPA has also determined that the environmental risk posed by the semi-permanent air curtain burner facilities is not acceptable and will not issue works approval for this part of the application proposal.

If you wish to speak to someone about the works approval decision, please call EPA’s Development Assessment Unit on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).

For older developments on this application, see the Organic Matter Solutions archive.

Page last updated on 27 Sep 2017