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Background

In December 2018, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation received a works approval application W6212/2019/1 from Cleanaway Solid Waste Pty Ltd (Cleanaway) to construct a lithium tailings storage cell at their Dardanup Landfill. The department has not received an application to process ore.

The premises is located at Lot 2 on Plan 65861, Banksia Road Crooked Brook (Banksia Rd Landfill).

The Banksia Road Landfill is currently licensed under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) to operate the following activities:

  • Category 61 (liquid waste facility): 353,000 tonnes per year;
  • and Category 64 (Class II or III putrescible landfill): 303,000 tonnes per year.

For more information see the current licence.

What is happening now?

The department has accepted the works approval application and we are undertaking a risk-based assessment of the application in accordance with our Regulatory Framework.

The scope of the assessment includes the construction, operation and closure of the proposed new lithium tailings storage cell within the context of the approved landfill.

The department is assessing risks associated with dust, noise and light emissions as well as potential risks of groundwater contamination during construction and operation of the proposed cell and the geotechnical stability of the landform.

We are seeking advice from other authorities, including the Shire of Dardanup, on the proposal. Public consultation on the application closed on Wednesday 20 February 2019. We are considering all submissions received during public consultation in our assessment of the application.

Our assessment under the EP Act does not extend to land use planning matters including zoning, road transport to and from the premises, road safety matters, or the safety of employees on the site. These aspects are all regulated under other legislation.

The department's decision on the works approval application will be advertised on our website and in The West Australian newspaper. All stakeholders who made submissions as part of the community consultation period will be notified of our decision in writing.

EPA determination open to public appeal

On 1 May 2019, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) received a third-party referral under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 for the tailings storage facility at the Banksia Road Waste Management Facility.

The referral was for access to a tailings storage facility over an 18 months duration and within the existing Banksia Road Waste Management Facility. The EPA can only consider the proposal as referred.

The EPA advertised the referral for public comment from 15 to 21 May 2019 after an initial review and received 243 comments on the proposal.

The proponent provided additional information to the EPA on 11 June 2019 providing further clarification on operating hours, groundwater monitoring data, a dust management plan and dust modelling and further clarification regarding this information on 3 July 2019.

The EPA has examined the proposal, the additional information provided and carried out preliminary investigations and inquiries and considers that although the proposal raises a number of environmental issues, the overall environmental impact could be managed through existing regulation and the application of new requirements to the proposed tailings storage facility through the works approval and licensing process.

The EPA determination is now open to public appeal for two weeks, until 22 July 2019.

For more information about appeals, visit the Office of the Appeals Convenor website. 

More information

We will update this page as new information comes to hand.

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Updated 8 July 2019