Healthy Environment, Healthy Community, Healthy Business

Environment Protection Authority

Declaration of Former Caltex Refinery at Kurnell

Media release: 16 June 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has declared the former Caltex refinery at Kurnell as significantly contaminated land under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997.

The declaration means that the contamination on the land is ‘tagged’ on the public record as significantly contaminated land. 

The EPA reasonably suspects that the site is potentially contaminated with residual fuel and refinery contamination.

The sources of the contamination include; incidental fuel leaks and spills, waste storage and disposal associated with the former refinery which operated on the site from 1956 to 2014. The site now operates as a fuel storage terminal.

While current management is effective at mitigating the impact of the contamination, the sources of contamination have the potential to impact on users of groundwater and the natural environment.

The EPA will require Caltex to ensure that appropriate remedial actions and management plans are implemented to address these risks.

It is proposed that Caltex will complete the remediation by December 2020 as a requirement of its Environment Protection Licence (EPL 837).

A copy of the declaration in full is available on the Contaminated Land Public Register on the EPA website: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/resources/clm/docs/html/n20141108.htm.  

The public may make written submissions to the EPA on any matter concerning the site up until 20 June 2016.  

ENDS 

 

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 16 June 2016