Public comment was invited on the referral to help the EPA determine the appropriate level of assessment.
There were 32 comments on this referral; 22 recommended an API B level of assessment and 10 indicated a PER.
The EPA determined not to assess the proposal as it considers that the proposal is not so significant as to warrant formal assessment. Public advice was provided to the proponent on the management of feral animals. Potential discharges can be dealt with under Part V Division 3 of the EP Act.
The Wagin Voluntary Group of Councils (WVGC) proposes a regional refuse site (landfill) for municipal solid waste located on Lot 23 Wandering-Narrogin Road, Shire of Cuballing. An area comprising approximately 65 hectares is proposed to be excised from the southern portion of Lot 23 to accommodate the proposed new regional ‘Waste Disposal Facility’, access to which will be facilitated via Nebrikinning Road along the land’s southern boundary.
Two (2) cells are proposed to accommodate the new regional ‘Waste Disposal Facility’ which will be developed in four (4) separate stages. Stage 1 will be developed in Cell 1 which is located in the eastern portion of the site and will comprise a total area of approximately 6.6 ha. Cell 2 is located in the western portion of the site. It contains proposed stages 2 to 4 of the facility and will comprise a total area of approximately 3.6 ha.
What Happens Next
Following the seven day public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will decide whether or not this proposal requires environmental impact assessment and, if so, what level of assessment will be applied.
The Chairman's decisions on level of assessment are released each Monday on the EPA's website.