Landfill decision angers residents

The EPA said in a statement this week the Allawuna Farm landfill proposal would not be subject to the environmental impact assessment process and the setting of formal conditions by the Minister for Environment.

Avon Valley Residents Association chairman Keith Schekkerman said the EPA decision was not what the group had hoped for.

‘The EPA has decided that the SITA proposal for the Allawuna landfill does not require any assessment, as the EPA is satisfied that all matters of concern raised by the 130 submissions to the EPA can be managed by SITA,’ Mr Schekkerman said.

‘Just because the EPA has decided not to subject this proposal to the environmental impact assessment process, this does not mean that the proposal has been approved.’

SITA WA’s general manager Nial Stock said the company undertook extensive environmental studies before starting the approvals process.

‘Importantly, this decision by the EPA confirmed that any impacts are not so significant as to warrant a formal environmental impact assessment,’ Mr Stock said.

‘This decision by the EPA is only the first step in a rigorous and thorough approvals process and SITA will now aim to submit the planning report to the Shire of York around October.

‘It is important to highlight that both the planning approvals process and the works approval include further opportunities for the public to comment on the proposal.

There will be a 14-day period for comment on the EPA’s decision, closing on July 22.

Information on the appeals process is available through the Office of the Appeals Convenor’s website at appealsconvenor .wa.qov.au, or by calling 08 6467 5190.

Sophie Gabrielle