Ex­plo­sive start for Red Hill con­struc­tion

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

READ IT ON­LINE FIRST RES­I­DENTS may hear ex­plo­sives on Tues­day at Red Hill for use in the con­struc­tion of land­fill ponds at the waste man­age­ment fa­cil­ity.

The three ponds for dis­solved con­tam­i­nants will cover an area big­ger than a foot­ball oval at 38,000sq m.

A let­ter drop was held within 1km of the waste fa­cil­ity to tell peo­ple of the planned blasts. Noises from the det­o­na­tions are ex­pected to vary with weather con­di­tions. A risk as­sess­ment will be car­ried out be­fore the first blast is held by the East­ern Metropoli­tan Re­gional Coun­cil.

“It is ex­pected that there may only be a one- hour site clo­sure re­quired be­tween the hours of 4.30pm to 7pm, the time­frame set aside for each of the blasts,” a coun­cil spokes­woman said.

“The blast­ing will be filmed and vi­bra­tion mon­i­tor­ing con­ducted to pro­vide as­sur­ance that the blast­ing causes no im­pact be­yond the site.

“The site will be closed and se­cured dur­ing the blast­ing.”

Res­i­dents will be ad­vised when more con­trolled blasts are likely to go ahead.

Land­fill ponds at the waste fa­cil­ity are part of the on­go­ing li­cence re­quire­ments of the Depart­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion.

“Ponds are con­structed and lined to con­tain the leachate from the land­fill site to al­low it to evap­o­rate within a con­fined and man­aged area,” the spokes­woman said.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d477934

Ex­plo­sives will be used in Jan­uary to cre­ate new leachate ponds at the Red­hill Waste Man­age­ment Fa­cil­ity.

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