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Question On Notice No. 2210 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 June 2019 by Hon Diane Evers

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Tabled Paper No: 2210- View tabled paper
Question

I refer to Cleanaway’s Banksia Road waste facility, and ask:
(a) for any licensing breaches that have occurred on the site in the past five years, will the Minister please provide details including when the breach occurred, the nature of the breach and what was done to rectify the issue;
(b) will the Minister please table the results of any water monitoring performed at the site over the past five years; and
(c) if no to (b), why not?

Answered on 20 August 2019

(a) The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) regulates the Banksia Road Landfill, Dardanup through a Licence issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1986. Inspections and assessments conducted by DWER during the past 5 years have identified the following non-compliances:

 

  • On 16 January 2018, DWER undertook a site inspection and identified one non-compliance relating to the commencement of landfilling within a newly constructed cell, prior to the receipt of the construction compliance document. This document was subsequently submitted and the cell was assessed as being compliant. The Licence was amended in February 2018 to authorise landfilling within this cell and the matter was closed.
  • On 19 May 2017, DWER undertook a site inspection and identified one non-compliance relating to windblown waste. At the time of inspection the Department issued a written request to the Licensee requiring the waste to be cleaned up. This was actioned by the Licensee and confirmed by DWER at the following site inspection and the matter was closed.
  • For the 2018 reporting period, the Licensee self-reported one non-compliance relating to waste acceptance tonnages. DWER is currently investigating this non-compliance.
  • For the 2017 reporting period, the Licensee self-reported one non-compliance relating to the submission of a late report. Due to its minor administrative nature, the non-compliance was recorded for information purposes only and the matter closed.
  • For the 2016 reporting period, the Licensee self-reported 5 non-compliances relating to waste acceptance, waste processing and windblown waste. The Licensee reported a number of corrective actions to address these non-compliances, including operational modifications for waste acceptance and processing and the installation of additional litter screens.
  • For the 2015 reporting period, the Licensee self-reported 3 non-compliances relating to windblown waste, leachate pumping and the submission of a late report. The Licensee implemented a range of corrective actions including replacement of a leachate pump and implementing litter collection measures. A review of the annual environment report also identified missing sampling parameters within groundwater monitoring undertaken on the premises. This was resolved following the DWER’s review, with the Licensee expanding the groundwater sampling suite.
  • For the 2014 reporting period, 3 non-compliances were identified relating to the submission of a late report and missing information. The Licensee provided the missing information following investigations by DWER and the matter was closed.

 

(b) I table the results of all water monitoring submitted for the Banksia Road Landfill to DWER over the last five years:

 

Doc No.

Date

Description

01

2014/15

Analysis Results History

02

Appendix C - Tabulated Results 2005-2014

03

2015

Appendix C - Analysis Results History

04

Appendix C - Raw Historical Data

05

Appendix D - Bore Locations

06

2015/16

Appendix A - Figure 2 ONLY

07

Appendix D - Raw Data Table

08

Appendix F - Historical Trends

09

Discussion of Results pgs 13-14

10

Results pgs 8-12

11

2017

Appendix D - Raw Data Table

12

Appendix F - Historical trend

13

Discussion A1675538

14

Figure 2 - GW bore location

15

Results summary pgs 9-13

16

2018

Appendix D.1 raw data table

17

Appendix F - Historical trend graphs A1791226

18

Discussion of results 25-30

19

Figure 2 - GW bore bore location A1791226

20

Key findings pgs 31-32 A1791226

21

Results summary pgs 19-22 A1791226

22

Addendum 1_2018

(c) Not applicable