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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 1771 asked in the Legislative Council on 8 November 2018 by Hon Robin Chapple

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

I refer to pollution reports about premises licensed under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 in the Perth metropolitan area, and ask:
(a) how many premises were the subject of pollution reports made to the department’s Pollution Watch service by the public in the year ending 30 June 2018;
(b) please list the three premises that received the most complaints, including how many complaints were received for each of the three premises for the year ending 30 June 2018;
(c) please list which premises was the subject of the most pollution reports in each of the years ending on the 30 June for 2015 to 2018; and
(d) why does the department still license any premises to burn coal within the Perth metropolitan area despite the well known health risks caused by exposure to toxic gas and particulate emissions generated by burning coal in a heavily urbanized area?

Answered on 6 December 2018

(a) For 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, 140 premises were reported to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.


(b) Cockburn Cement Limited Munster (364); GD Pork Pty Ltd (Pinjarra) (325); and Pilbara Iron Pty Ltd, Cape Lambert Operations (216).


(c) 2015 – Cockburn Cement Limited Munster (76)

2016 – Nambeelup Farms (328)

2017 – Nambeelup Farms (303)

2018 – Cockburn Cement Limited Munster (364)


(d) The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation regulates emissions from prescribed premises through works approvals and licenses granted under the Environmental Protection Act 1986. Prescribed premises, which may include premises that burn coal, are regulated to ensure their emissions do not represent an unacceptable risk to public health or the environment.