Orica undertakes environmental monitoring in accordance with requirements outlined in its Environment Protection Licence and the Voluntary Management Proposal (VMP) for the Botany Groundwater Cleanup Project.
The information gathered contributes to Orica’s ongoing assessment of risks to human health and the environment, and the current program is informed by monitoring results and research that has occurred over the last three decades.
Ongoing Groundwater Treatment Plant Monitoring
See Groundwater Treatment Plant Environmental Monitoring Data.
Quarterly Progress Reports
Orica prepares quarterly Progress Reports for the Botany Groundwater Cleanup Project. The progress reports provide details of Orica's cleanup progress against the VMP, and associated Groundwater Remediation and Management Plan.
Progress Reports are submitted quarterly to the EPA and distributed to NSW Office of Water and other government agencies, environmental organisations, local government, local industries, and community members who have requested a copy.
Attached to each progress report is a detailed report on the latest round of groundwater and surface water testing. This report also details the effectiveness of groundwater containment across the three containment lines.
View the reports here.
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Site Air Emission Sampling
Health risk assessments carried out for the Botany Groundwater Cleanup Project have identified air emissions of volatile chemicals from the contaminated groundwater plumes as one of the more important pathways that could expose people to chemicals from the contamination. The main group of people (receptor groups) identified in the health risk assessment that could be potentially exposed to volatile emissions are:
- Recreational users of Botany Golf Course
- Employees and workers of surrounding businesses and industrial sites above the plume
- On-site workers at the Botany Industrial Park
The Botany Industrial Park and Surrounding Air Emissions Sampling Program measures the emission rate of volatile chemicals from the surface of the ground at a number of locations adjacent to representative receptor groups. The Program provides data to assess spatial and temporal variations in contaminant concentrations from air emissions to all potential receptor groups. It also assesses whether there is any change in the assessment of potential risk to human health.
REPORT PENDING - the latest report was submitted to the EPA for review in February 2016 and will be posted here once finalised.
Air Emissions Sampling Program Report – August 2014 (PDF 14MB)
Note: Air emissions sampling is performed every 15 months (weather permitting) and a report is subsequently issued.
*Older reports are available on request.
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