Mine site set to be examined
AFTER more than eight decades of concerns, action is set to be taken on a mine site in Jennings.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority and Crown Lands are working to address the high levels of contamination on land in Jennings on which an arsenic processing plant operated.
The Jennings site was singled out in a 2014 Auditor-General’s review of the EPA’s handling of contaminated sites, which queried why the body had not acted sooner given that it had been aware of the contamination for nearly 20 years.
Tests have shown surface water containing arsenic and copper concentrations at the site are 1000 times above the guideline limits, while zinc levels were 100 times the limit.
Roads within the designated perimeter, including parts of Gladstone St, between the sealed section and Kings St, the track in use on the same route, and a portion of the Robinson St road reserve, will soon be closed.
The site will be fenced more securely and public consultation and a detailed investigation will follow.