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In 2015, The Next Generation Pty Ltd submitted a development application to build a new energy from waste facility in Eastern Creek. In response to feedback and issues raised about the original Environmental Impact Study (EIS), the applicant lodged an amended EIS for consideration and public exhibition in 2016.

 

Feedback about the amended EIS included concerns about health risks, air quality, location of the facility and the suitability of the site. The applicant revised the proposal as part of their final Response to Submissions report, and amended the development application for the construction and operation of a facility approximately half the scale of that originally proposed. The applicant now seeks approval for Stage 1 of the facility only, with a capacity to thermally treat up to 552,500 tonnes of residual waste per annum.

 

Read the report: A Response to Submissions on the Amended EIS - Eastern Creek Energy from Waste Proposal

 

Planning legislation allows an applicant to amend a development application at any time before a decision is made. This provides an opportunity to reduce environmental impacts and address community concerns.

 

The Department's detailed merit assessment has considered the issues raised by government authorities, the community and advice from our Independent Experts, ARUP Pty Ltd and Environmental Risk Sciences Pty Ltd (EnRiskS).

 

Following their review of the Applicant’s Response to Submissions report, ARUP maintains its view the proposed development is inconsistent with the EPA”s Energy from Waste Policy Statement (2015). EnRiskS advises it is not possible to be confident the HHRA is appropriate and sufficiently conservative and therefore the risk to human health is unknown.

 

The EPA has consistently raised concern regarding the proposal’s inconsistency with the Energy from Waste Policy Statement (2015). The EPA maintained this view following its final review of the application.

 

NSW Health has advised it is unable to support the proposal in its current form as it is unable to determine the proposed development’s actual or potential impact on human health.

 

Based on the advice of the EPA, NSW Health and the Independent Experts, the Department's assessment of the application concludes the proposal is inconsistent with the NSW EPA's Energy from Waste Policy Statement (2015), the air quality impacts and risk to human health is unknown, the development is not in the public interest and should be refused.

 

We have now referred our assessment report and recommendation to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) for final determination.

 

Timeline for Eastern Creek Energy from Waste development application

Date Activity

December

2013

Director General Requirement’s issued to inform preparation of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

January

2014

Applicant commence preparation of EIS and stakeholder consultation

November

2014

Secretary approves Engagement of Independent Experts in human health risk and energy from waste technology

May

2015

EIS lodged with Department for Public Exhibition and review by Independent Experts

July

2015

Applicant review of submissions and preparation of Response to Submissions

November

2015

Response to Submissions lodged with Department

December

2015

Review of Response to Submissions by Department, key government agencies and Independent Experts

February

2016

Gap analysis undertaken by Independent Experts on behalf of Department

June

2016

Applicant review gap analysis and commence preparation of amended application

December

2016

Amended EIS lodged with Department for Public Exhibition and review by key government agencies and Independent Experts

March

2017

Applicant review of submissions

July

2017

Applicant lodged Response to Submissions Report

August 2017

Review of Response to Submissions Report by Department. Department requests Applicant to revise Response to Submissions Report to suitably support an amended development application for only Stage 1 of the proposal.
October 2017 Applicant lodged a revised Response to Submissions in support of a request to amend the development application for Stage 1 only.
November 2017 Department considers Applicant's request to amend the development application in consultation with Independent Experts.
December 2017

Department agrees to Applicant's request to amend the application and refers Response to Submissions report to relevant government authorities and Independent Experts for final comment.

RTS made publicly available on the Department's major project website

January 2018 Consultation on Response to Submissions and further amended development application.
April 2018 Referred to Independent Planning Commission for final determination

 

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Page last updated: 28/06/2018