Energy Brix has welcomed the decision by the Environment Protection Authority to approve its application for construction of an asbestos disposal cell at its site.
Energy Brix General Manager Remediation, Barry Dungey, said it was pleasing that after 15 months of investigations of suitable disposal sites and the expenditure of more than $200,000 in engineering assessment fees, the cell design met all of the EPA design criteria suitable for asbestos disposal.
“We held a public meeting in Morwell in October 2017 where we presented the planned site location along with the planned design and final landscaping pictures of what the area will look like at the completion of the asbestos removal,” Mr Dungey said.
“At that meeting, local residents had more questions on the asbestos removal process envisaged rather than the disposal cell itself.
“There is no risk of asbestos fibre release during disposal as under regulations, all asbestos must be suitably sealed prior to disposal. As an extra safety precaution, EBAC will also conduct air monitoring when placing material into the cell with the results being posted on our website within 24 hours of results being available.”
Mr Dungey stressed that once the material was buried and sealed, it was then completely safe as it was only air borne particles that were a risk to human health.
He said the selected site provided the lowest risk option for the community for disposal of the estimated 10,000m3 of asbestos to be removed from the site.
“If the site was not approved then we would have no option but to truck all of this material to Melbourne for disposal creating a risk of complete freeway blockage for up to 24 hours if a truck accident was to occur.”
The final stage of EBAC’s required approval process is the Latrobe City Council meeting scheduled on Monday night (4 June).
Council officers are also recommending the cell be approved as it meets all of the land planning requirements for EBAC’s current zoning.
A link to the approved EPA works approval and to a detailed question and answer sheet on the cell design and general asbestos information is available on EBAC’s website – https://ebacdemolition.com.au/
16 May 2018
EBAC calling for contributions to its Heritage Interpretation Plan
EBAC has commissioned an interpretation plan for the Morwell Power Station.
The aim of the plan is to communicate what the power station means for the community and for Victoria. It is dependent on the permit application to demolish the power station which is also currently under consideration by Heritage Victoria.
The consultant employed to document the plan is SHP (Sue Hodges Productions), who has undertaken extensive history recordings for a number of sites across Victoria and Australia.
Ms Hodges wants to hear the community’s memories of the old power station – good and bad. What stories did family members tell you about it? Thoughts on what should happen to the station in the future? What is the best way of interpreting it for generations to come?
EBAC has already interviewed a number of past employees to capture their memories of the site but SHP has suggested additional valuable information may be gained by offering the opportunity to others interested.
Ms Hodges and her team will be in Morwell on Wednesday 23 May, Thursday 24 May and Monday 28 May. If you are interested in speaking contributing to this plan, you can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 96818088.