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CICCC Update—22 February 2007 Meeting
Terminals’ Facility upgrading continues
At the CICCC meeting on 22 February 2007, George Horman, Managing Director for Terminals, advised that a recent meeting with the owners of Terminals Pty Ltd had approved the expenditure of $2 million of approved capital projects to further improve the site, together with a $1.5 million expansion. “That will bring our expenditure at Coode Island up to $30 million since we got long term leases in 2001.” said George.
Terminals has also completed successful trials of burning waste in the combustor. The efficiency of the combustor remained very good.
The Lower Maribyrnong Audit
Tim Faragher, the EPA’s representative at the meeting, provided a report of the Lower Maribyrnong audit undertaken for EPA by Dr Peter Nadebaum.
The EPA web site (http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/water/rivers/maribyrnong_audit.asp) provides full details of this environmental audit of the historical contamination in the industrial precinct of Whitehall Street, Yarraville and its impact on the Maribyrnong River. The following extract provides a brief overview:
“EPA Chairman, Mr Mick Bourke said the environmental audit found levels of contamination for a range of metals in sediment samples, which were consistent with those expected in a highly urbanised catchment.”The concentration of contaminants, including arsenic in the river are lower than the guidance levels for protection of ecosystems and don’t pose a concern for use of the river, however EPA will continue to require assessment and clean up of the industrial sites as appropriate,” Mr Bourke said.
“He said EPA has required companies to clean up contamination at key sites, with work already underway on some sites.
EPA has issued clean up notices to a number of companies in the Whitehall Street area, namely Orica, Albright & Wilson, Mobil, and Port of Melbourne Corporation for both the former Pivot site and also Holden Dock..
The Maribyrnong and Yarra Estuaries Fish Study found that levels of chemicals other than PCBs do not warrant further assessment or advice. Information on PCB levels indicate it would be prudent to provide advice about limiting consumption of fish caught in the Maribyrnong and Yarra estuaries.
It is recommended that people limit consumption of fish caught in the estuaries to one serve per week, with more stringent limits recommended for the consumption of eels, and for women of child-bearing age and children under 16.
Terminals’ Open Day at Coode Island
Terminals Pty Ltd will open its facility at Coode Island for public inspection on Saturday 31 March 2007. The Open Day will be supported by a four page newsletter to the community, comprising two pages of information about the facility from Terminals Pty Ltd, and two pages of information provided directly from the CICCC to the community. The facility will be open for inspection from 10:00 am, and will be advertised in local newspapers.
The newsletter will be made widely available in the local area.
Next meeting of the CICCC
The next meeting of the CICCC will be held on Thursday 17 May 2007 at the Maribyrnong Town Hall on the corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray at 6.30 pm.
Robin Saunders, Chair CICCC, February 2007