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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 further amended the development application for the construction and operation of a facility approximately half the scale of that originally proposed.


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


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


The Department referred the proposal to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) for a final determination in April 2018.


In July 2018, the IPC announced that they would refuse consent for the proposal, for the following reasons:

  • the applicant’s predicted modelling was based on data that is not representative of the actual waste streams proposed to be treated at the energy from waste facility;
  • there is insufficient evidence that the pollution control technologies are capable of appropriately managing emissions from the project and would be agnostic to the composition of the project’s waste stream;
  • there is uncertainty in relation to the air quality, and the relationship between air quality impacts and water quality impacts in the locality;
  • as a result, there is uncertainty in relation to the human health risks and site suitability;
  • it is not satisfied that the project is consistent with certain objects of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979; and
  • the project is not in the public interest


The IPC's Statement of Reasons for Decision is now available on the IPC website.


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Page last updated: 13/08/2019