Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council to carry out controlled explosions near Red Hill

The entrance to Red Hill Waste Management Facility. Picture: David Baylis
The entrance to Red Hill Waste Management Facility. Picture: David Baylis

RESIDENTS may hear explosives on Tuesday at Red Hill for use in the construction of landfill ponds at the waste management facility.

The three ponds for dissolved contaminants will cover an area bigger than a football oval at 38,000sq m.

A letter drop within 1km of the waste facility informs local people of the planned blasts during January.

Noises from the detonations are expected to vary with weather conditions.

A risk assessment will be carried out before the first blast is undertaken by the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC).

“It is expected that there may only be a one-hour site closure required between the hours of 4.30pm to 7pm, the timeframe set aside for each of the blasts,” an EMRC spokeswoman said.

“The blasting will be filmed and vibration monitoring conducted to provide assurance that the blasting causes no impact beyond the site.

“The site will be closed and secured during the duration of the blasting.”

The test detonation date of January 16 has been set aside and residents will be advised when more controlled blasts are likely to go ahead.

Landfill ponds at the waste facility are part of the ongoing licence requirements of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

“Ponds are constructed and lined to contain the leachate from the landfill site to allow it to evaporate within a confined and managed area,” the spokeswoman said.

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