Odour con­cern hard to quell


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee Have you no­ticed the smell around Ersk­ine Park? @the­druitt

CLEAN­AWAY has re­vealed plans it hopes will ap­pease res­i­dents con­cerned about the pos­si­ble smell from its new waste trans­fer sta­tion.

The new fa­cil­ity will be built on Quarry Rd in Ersk­ine Park, be­side the com­pany’s cur­rent land­fill, which will reach ca­pac­ity in 2016.

The com­pany’s strate­gies to con­trol odour in­clude con­tain­ing it within the in­dus­trial area, im­ple­ment­ing a higher de­sign stan­dard and us­ing proven tech­nol­ogy to clean the area.

The com­pany said it would mon­i­tor the first 12 months of op­er­a­tion to en- sure con­trol was sat­is­fac­tory. How­ever, Ersk­ine Park res­i­dent John LaMaire said he was very con­cerned.

“This pro­posed tip is not even 1km away from houses,” he said. “I have pre­sented a pe­ti­tion to Mul­goa state Lib­eral MP Tanya Davies with more than 850 signa- tures to do some­thing about the smell com­ing from the sur­round­ing tips and to stop this pro­posed tip.”

Brian Cul­li­nane, from en­vi­ron­men­tal so­lu­tion com­pany SLR, said this of Ersk­ine Park: “Our com­pli­ance stan­dard tells us we must not reach two odour units 99 per cent of the time. We have set our­selves a higher stan­dard to not reach two odour units 100 per cent of the time,” he said. The av­er­age per­son de­tects smell of be­tween four and 10 odour units.

“The op­er­a­tion is within a closed build­ing, which only opens for trucks to en­ter and exit so the build­ing is closed off as much as pos­si­ble,” Mr Cul­li­nane said.

Clean­away’s NSW Gen­eral Man­ager David Clancy said the main goal was no ad­verse im­pact on the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

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