Con­cern over the safety of fa­cil­ity

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jes­sica Ox­ford

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.

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