HCB Waste Management - Repackaging Plant
Introduction to HCB Waste Management
The drums containing HCB waste deteriorate over time and thus require repackaging. Following an extensive consultation and environmental assessment phase, project approval to build and operate a HCB waste repackaging plant was granted by the NSW Department of Planning in 2006.
In mid 2007 Orica commenced automated repackaging of the HCB waste into approved containers. By April 2011 all of the waste had been repackaged. Monitoring of the packaging continues and repackaging is undertaken when required.
Repackaging Plant - Environmental Assessment
A detailed environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to support Orica's application to build and operate the HCB Waste Repackaging Plant. The EA was publicly exhibited from 26 April 2006 to 31 May 2006 and submissions were accepted during this time by the NSW Department of Planning.
As the EA is a comprehensive technical document, Orica prepared an overview document of the EA that summarises the project scope and the assessment conclusions.
Repackaging Plant - Environmental Management
An Operation Environmental Management Plan (OEMP) was prepared and implemented for the HCB Waste Repackaging Plant. The OEMP details the environmental framework, practices and procedures that are to be followed during the project.
During operation of the HCB repackaging plant, Orica conducts periodic monitoring as required by its environmental protection licence and in accordance with the project approval for the HCB Waste Repackaging Plant project. View environmental monitoring data.
Orica ensures that the HCB Waste Repackaging Plant operates within the noise guidelines specified in the project approval. A noise survey conducted in April 2007 concluded that noise from the repackaging plant could not be heard at the closest residential areas. Further noise monitoring is conducted as part of the ongoing Botany Industrial Park monthly acoustic compliance program.
A community ambient air monitoring program was conducted in 2008 in response to community feedback and interest in the impact of the HCB Waste Repackaging Plant operation on community air quality. This program was incorporated as a condition of the approval for the HCB Waste Repackaging Plant project. The Executive Summary Report (December 2009) is available on request.
Audits and Reviews of Repackaging Plant
Audits and reviews have been conducted in accordance with the project approval (see above).
Independent environmental audits of the HCB Waste Repackaging Plant were conducted by Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia Pty Ltd in 2008 and 2009.
Karin Nilsson of Planager Pty Ltd conducted the first Hazard Audit of the HCB Waste Repackaging Plant in late 2008 and 2015. Results of these audits are available on request.
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