Pro­posal for waste sta­tion is on the nose

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Should the waste fa­cil­ity be ap­proved? @the­druitt

ERSK­INE Park res­i­dents are con­cerned at the im­pact a pro­posed waste trans­fer fa­cil­ity on an ex­ist­ing Tran­spa­cific Clean­away site will have on air qual­ity and traf­fic.

The pro­posed fa­cil­ity, to be built in the Ersk­ine Park Busi­ness Park, is ex­pected to re­ceive about 240 garbage trucks a day.

De­spite two com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion nights, res­i­dents say many ques­tions re­main unan­swered .

Or­chard Hills res­i­dent Mark Sharp, who is build­ing a child­care just a few blocks away, was con­cerned about the air qual­ity: “There might be health is­sues.Who’s mon­i­tor­ing the air qual­ity? How do they do the tests?”

Ersk­ine Park res­i­dent John Le­maire, a for­mer garbage truck driver, said it wasn’t fair on the res­i­dents.

“At the mo­ment you can get up to 17 or 18 trucks, but if you get 240, it will be di­a­bol­i­cal,” Mr Le­maire said.

Clean­away NSW gen­eral manager David Clancy said roller shut­ter doors would help con­tain odours.

“Stud­ies con­firm that pro­posed con­tain­ment mea­sures will com­ply with EPA cri­te­ria, and ad­di­tional work is un­der way to meet our de­sign ob­jec­tive of no un­ac­cept­able odour im­pact,” Mr Clancy said.

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