Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is assessing a Works Approval application from Veolia Environmental Services Pty Ltd to install a 20ft refrigerated bunded storage container at its Portland Facility
Located at 10 George St., Portland, medical waste collected in 120L, 240L and 660L bins from Portland and surrounding regions will be stored temporarily in the container to allow for bulk haulage to Veolia’s existing licensed medical waste treatment plant in Corio.
Approximately 45 tonnes of waste will be accepted at the site annually. One delivery of bins is expected per day and the waste will be collected every two weeks for transport to Corio. Wastes are collected from the healthcare sector from facilities such as medical centres, veterinarian clinics, dentists and pathologies.
EPA will assess the application for potential environmental impacts, such as noise, odour, and potential land, surface water and ground water contamination risks.
To view the application and make a submission visit https://www.engage.vic.gov.au/epa-works-approvals/veolia
Submissions on the application are open until 30 September, 2020.
What is a works approval?
Works approvals are issued by EPA under the Environment Protection Act 1970. They are required for industrial and waste management activities that have the potential for significant environmental impact.
A works approval permits plant and equipment to be installed, the operation of which will result in one or more of:
– the discharge of waste to the environment
– an increase in, or alteration to, an existing discharge
– a change in the way waste is treated or stored.