The Governing Board of EPA Victoria has announced the appointment of Lee Miezis as the authority’s interim Chief Executive Officer.
EPA Victoria is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, 3 February to provide information on how changes to the state’s environmental laws will affect industry and the community.
Cathy Wilkinson has stepped down from her role as EPA Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer.
The Victorian Waste Management Association (VWMA) has welcomed the formation of the EPA Waste Crime Directorate, which will include 70 new officers to stop illegal dumping across Victoria.
EPA Victoria has approved two landfill sites to host the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel Project’s PFAS-contaminated soil.
Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has used an aerial drone to spot licence breaches in Ravenhall that could have caused problems with odour and litter.
EPA Victoria has granted a works approval for a waste-to-energy facility to be built in Dandenong South.
Community group Zero Waste Victoria has secured better air quality, waste management, monitoring and reporting for Victorians at a future waste-to-energy facility in Laverton North.
Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has filed charges following an investigation over a toxic chemical waste industrial fire that burnt for several days creating smoke across the western suburbs in August 2018.
EPA Victoria has called for further community consultation on Australian Paper’s proposal to develop a large-scale waste to energy facility.
The company has provided the EPA with a health impact assessment to support its application to develop the facility within the boundaries of its site in Maryvale, Latrobe Valley.
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The proposed plant would generate both steam and electricity which can be directly in the paper mill or exported to the grid. It would replace two gas-fired boilers and would produce around 30 megawatts of electricity and 150 tonnes of steam per hour.
The EPA’s assessment of the applications will consider issues such as best practice technology, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, waste fuel composition, compliance with waste hierarchy, potential risks to human health and the environment from air, noise, disposal of fly ash, wastewater treatment and operational contingencies.
It follows a community public meeting held earlier in July, which found there was significant support for the proposals, with many submitters commenting the technology is already operating safely overseas, there are environmental benefits of less waste going to landfill and economic benefits of local job creation.
EPA Development Assessments Director Tim Faragher said the works approval application was originally open for public comment in June and EPA received 115 submissions.
“EPA also ran a community conference in July to hear concerns from those that made submissions. This further consultation period allows interested community members to make further comments on the new information that Australian Paper has submitted,” Mr Faragher said.
When making a final determination, the EPA will also consider all public submissions and the outcomes of the community conference.