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Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant

Background

The Water Corporation holds licence L6266/1991/10 to operate the Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).

The Broome South sewage facility is located within 200m of the Roebuck Bay shoreline. Roebuck Bay is an area of high conservation value, with environmental values of national and international significance.

On 28 April 2014 the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) classified the plant contaminated – remediation required under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 (CS Act), after routine monitoring found elevated concentrations of nutrients in groundwater beneath the site.

Subsequently, DWER initiated a detailed risk-based assessment—under Part V of the EP Act—of the sewage facility and the potential risks posed to public health, amenity, water resources and the environment.  

What is happening now?

In order to understand the nature and extent of contamination the Water Corporation was required to carry out further groundwater investigations and assess potential impacts on Roebuck Bay under the CS Act.

After considerable consultation, DWER has now completed its risk-based review under Part V of the EP Act and granted a revised licence. A copy is available here.

In accordance with section 102(3) of the EP Act, if you are concerned about, or object to the specification of any condition in the revised licence or disagree with the amendment, you may lodge an appeal with the Minister for Environment within 21 days from the date on which the decision is made.

Contact the Office of the Appeals Convenor for information on appeal procedures and fees.  

More information

DWER will update this page as new information comes to hand. Community members who would like more information should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

 

Updated 14 December 2018