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Background

In December 2018, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) received a works approval application W6212/2019/1 from Cleanaway Solid Waste Pty Ltd (Cleanaway) to construct a lithium tailings storage cell at its landfill facility at Lot 2 on Plan 65861 Banksia Road Crooked Brook (Banksia Road Landfill). DWER did not receive an application to process ore.

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?

On 7 November 2019, Cleanaway advised the Department that it wished to withdraw its works approval application for the lithium tailings storage cell.

As a result, the application has been marked as withdrawn in the Department’s records and no further assessment is required.

The Department advises that a separate application was received on 10 September 2019 for the Banksia Road Landfill to increase the volume of solid waste accepted from 303,000 tonnes to 350,000 tonnes per year. This application is currently under assessment.

On 28 August 2019 DWER investigators attended the Cleanaway landfill in response to a variety of community complaints. An investigation into compliance with a number of licence conditions is ongoing.

EPA determination appealed

On 1 May 2019, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) received a third-party referral under Part IV of the EP Act for the tailings storage facility at the Banksia Road Landfill. The EPA’s determination to not assess the proposal is the subject of a number of appeals, which are currently under investigation by the Office of the Appeals Convenor.

It is understood that Cleanaway has notified the Office of the Appeals Convenor of its decision to withdraw the works approval application.

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

More information

Any concerns regarding current operations can be reported to DWER’s 24-hour Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or you can submit an online report.

Updated 19 November 2019