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Environment Protection Authority

Cobbora completes first stage of clean-up

Media release: 15 December 2015

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has confirmed that Cobbora Holding Company Pty Ltd has completed the first stage of work required by the Clean-Up Notice issued on 12 October 2015. The notice related to waste that had been stockpiled from demolition of buildings on the proposed mine site.

EPA Acting Head of Far West Operations Brad Tanswell said this first stage required Cobbora to engage qualified waste experts to classify the waste stockpiles and develop a waste transport schedule. The company was also required to provide a copy of the schedule to all Councils through which the waste will travel.

“The waste classification report has now been provided to the EPA. This report specifies the nature of the waste that has been stockpiled, and the total volume of material that needs to be removed.  The waste transport schedule will support the previously approved Waste Transport and Disposal Plan and will ensure all Councils are aware of the movements of the waste,” Mr Tanswell said.

“This first stage is important as it ensures Cobbora, the EPA and affected Councils know exactly the composition and quantity of the waste in the stockpiles and when it will be transported and disposed of.”

“This means the waste can be tracked as it is transported and appropriately disposed of in a lawful manner.”

“The EPA is satisfied with Cobbora’s compliance with the Clean-Up Notice so far and has provided approval for Cobbora to begin clean-up works which commenced on 7 December 2015”.

Full remediation of the affected sites and works to validate the success of clean-up works are expected to be complete by mid-2016.

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 15 December 2015