Concern over the safety of facility
A PLAN to build an incinerator at Eastern Creek has prompted “matter of life and death concerns” for the community.
Blacktown Council has called for a parliamentary inquiry into safety standards after a proposal by The Next Generation for a wasteto-energy facility raised serious health and environmental concerns.
The council rejected a plan to build the incinerator in August after 18 major environmental concerns were flagged.
Mayor Stephen Bali said the proposal, which is listed as a significant state development and will be reviewed by the Planning Department, posed health risks.
The concerns were underlined during a trip to inspect similar facilities in the UK in January.
“This will be the world’s largest incinerator, brewing 1.3 tonnes of waste, and could burn the entire waste of Sydney’s basin in a day,” Cr Bali said. “Once you turn it on, you need to keep feeding the beast.”
Western Sydney Local Health District also objected to the plan. In its submission to the Planning Department, it said the plant could pose a “significant risk to health for the people of greater western Sydney”.
“The predicted impacts on ozone formation in the Sydney basin are of concern,” the report said.
The council is seeking a meeting with the planning and environment ministers.
A TNG spokesman said it welcomed a response from the council and said its “proposal addressed significant components of the council’s recommendations”.
“TNG is bringing to NSW state-of-the-art technology that ticks all the environmental boxes and is an extremely responsible result for all environmental initiatives on a world scale,” he said.