SOUTH GUILDFORD CLEANAWAY
1530. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:
I refer to the fire at the South
Guildford Cleanaway facility.
(1) Has the
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation completed its air pollution
levels and water run-off monitoring for the facility fire, and —
(a) if yes, would the minister please
table it; and
(b) if no, when is this likely to be
(2) Approximately how much fire
wastewater has entered the Swan River, and —
(a) at what locations did the fire
wastewater enter the river; and
(b) what monitoring is being done to
ascertain the impact on the Swan River?
(3) What direct support will the
government provide to the affected community?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(1) The Department of Water and Environmental
Regulation undertook air quality and
water run-off monitoring from 25 to 30 November 2019. Real-time air
quality monitoring results were reported directly to the Department of Fire and
Emergency Services. The monitoring data collected during the fire is now being
processed and is expected to be finalised by mid–December 2019.
(2) The majority of firefighting run-off water was
prevented from entering the Swan River by DWER officers, with over two million litres being collected for
disposal. Despite these efforts, an unknown amount entered the Swan
River on 25 to 26 November 2019.
(a) Riverside Drive, South Guildford.
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions undertook water
monitoring on 26 and 27 November 2019.
Water samples were analysed at ChemCentre for nutrients, hydrocarbon,
combustion by-products and plastic residues. Analysis for biological oxygen
demand and PFAS was undertaken for 26 November samples.
(3) DWER provided
air monitoring and firefighting run-off management support to protect public
health and the environment during the incident. The recovery phase will be
managed by the local government and the department will provide support as