Following a public consultation and engagement process, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has assessed and granted a works approval application for an extension to Latrobe City Council’s Hyland Highway Loy Yang Landfill.

The proposed extension at the municipal site creates four new landfill cells within the premise’s current boundaries. Under the council’s proposal, landfilling will occur up to February 2033, consistent with the council’s planning permission.

The proposed area was previously approved for landfilling but was reduced at the request of the council. The Loy Yang Landfill is an EPA licensed site.

EPA assessed the works approval application for potential environmental impacts, such as dust, landfill gas, leachate, odour, litter issues and potential land, surface water and ground water contamination risks. The approval is subject to conditions, including demonstration it is needed in light of government policy and landfill airspace demands at the time prior to the construction of the new landfill cells.

To view the application and approval document visit Latrobe City Council’s Hyland Highway Loy Yang Landfill

Background

Works approvals are issued by EPA under the Environment Protection Act 1970. They are required for industrial and waste management activities that have the potential for significant environmental impact.

A works approval permits plant and equipment to be installed, the operation of which will result in one or more of: 

- the discharge of waste to the environment

- an increase in, or alteration to, an existing discharge

- a change in the way waste is treated or stored.

For more information about the Works Approvals process visit https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/licences-and-approvals/works-approvals

Reviewed 31 December 2019