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Question Without Notice No. 984 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 December 2017 by Hon Robin Chapple

Minister responding: Hon D.J. Kelly
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
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BROOME NORTH WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
      984. Hon ROBIN CHAPPLE to the minister representing the Minister for Water:
I refer to a licence and works approval application from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation for the Broome north wastewater treatment plant.
(1) Has there been groundwater monitoring of the area since the plant was constructed?
(2) If no to (1), why not?
(3) If yes to (1), will the minister table the groundwater monitoring data?
(4) If no to (3), why not?
(5) Has the Broome north wastewater treatment plant had an impact on nutrient levels in Roebuck Bay?
Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I thank the member for the question.
(1) Yes. There is a network of 30 groundwater monitoring bores on and around the premises.
(2) Not applicable.
      (3) Yes. A summary of the 2016–17 groundwater monitoring data is provided. I table the attached document.
      [See paper 995.]
(4) Not applicable.
      (5) Based on the groundwater monitoring data, it is considered that the impacts on groundwater are minor, have not extended to Roebuck Bay and are unlikely to do so.