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granted for an unlimited period to meet defined performance standards and a new EA will therefore not be legally required as a part of the plant upgrade.
However, if planning approvals are granted to reflect the expected improved performance standards for the new plant, the EA will be varied to align with the revised standards. The Environment Management Plan (required as a condition under the EA) will also need to be updated, once the new plant is commissioned to outline the procedures and risk controls for its operation.
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and development application (DA) process
An application for an EIS has been made for a proposal to upgrade the Queanbeyan Sewage Treatment Plant facility to cater for an increased population. The proposal requires an impact track DA and EIS, under the Planning and Development Act 2007, due to the proposed increase in capacity for the facility.
The proponent, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, submitted a draft EIS on 23 December 2020. The EIS was assessed by the ACT Planning and Land Authority (the Authority), referral entities and publicly notified to the community. The draft EIS, prepared by the proponent, describes that the upgraded facility will comply with the current environmental authorisation. The draft EIS is available on the EPSDD website at www.planning.act.gov.au.
The Authority sent a request for a revised EIS to the proponent on 29 March 2021. The proponent is currently preparing a revised EIS to be submitted to the Authority for assessment.
If the EIS is determined to be complete, a development application (DA) will be required and the DA will be publicly notified. Through the EIS and DA process, adequate measures will be required to mitigate the potential environmental impacts of the development. The measures may need to be adopted prior to and during construction and also during the operation of the facility.
(Question No 698)
Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 25 March 2022:
(1) How many tonnes went to landfill in the ACT in 2021 of (a) dirt, (b) drillers mud, (c) virgin excavated natural material, (d) stormwater waste/sediment from ponds, (e) dredging spoil and (f) contaminated soil.
(2) How much does it cost to dump a tonne of the material in ACT landfill, for each of the items referred to in part (1).
Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) In the 2020-21 financial year the below categories were accepted at ACT managed landfills (categorised as identified in the Disallowable Instrument):