Monday 13th Jul, 2020

New waste to energy plant gets VIC EPA approval

The Victorian Environment Protection Authority has given a Melbourne council the green light to develop a waste to energy plant.

The Victorian Environment Protection Authority has given a Melbourne council the green light to develop a waste to energy plant.

Located in Laverton North, the planned facility will be able to process 200,000 tonnes of source-separated residual municipal solid waste each year.

According to an EPA statement, the developer Recovered Energy Australia, propose to deliver approximately 15 megawatts of electricity to the grid each year.

“EPA assessed the proposal against all relevant environmental policies and guidelines and looked at any potential environmental and human health impacts that could result from the facility,” the statement reads.

“The works approval is subject to conditions. These conditions include the requirement for an EPA-appointed auditor to review detailed design, and for further EPA consideration prior to finalising detailed plans.”

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Conditions also require the facility to achieve an environmental performance equivalent to European standards.

Recovered Energy Australia has also secured a planning permit from Wyndham City Council to construct and operate the proposed facility, seperate from the EPA works approval.

“Once constructed, Recovered Energy Australia will not be able to operate the waste to energy plant until it obtains an EPA licence,” the statement reads.