West Sydney health officials concerned about waste-to-energy power plant project


Health officials have raised concerns over plans to build a $ 500 million waste-to-energy plant in western Sydney, saying the proposal goes against a century of regulation environmental.

In an Australian first, the Eastern Creek facility would use thermal technology to generate electricity from waste that would otherwise go to landfill.

Although the proposal is designed to reduce greenhouse gases, there are concerns that it will have a negative impact on air quality.

The Ministry of Planning and Environment received approximately 1,050 submissions from members of the public, government, agencies and organizations. The overwhelming majority oppose the plan.

The facility has the capacity to process 1.35 million tonnes of waste per year.

In its brief, the local health district of Western Sydney expressed its concerns.

“We note that this factory is double the size of similar factories abroad, and we require assurance that appropriate environmental controls are in place and effective in the long term.”

The project is “safe, clean and reliable”

The company behind the project, Next Generation Sydney, said the energy produced would be “safe, clean and reliable”.

He also said the plan would reduce the need for methane-producing landfills.

“[It would have] a net positive effect of greenhouse gases, eliminating about 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year, “he said in his communication.

Mohammed Khan, who lives in the nearby suburb of Michinbury, said he “strongly opposed” the proposal.

“I have two sick children at home, my daughter has asthma,” he said in his submission.

The proposal will need to go to the Independent Planning and Assessment Panel, as it is being challenged by Blacktown Council and has received more than 25 public objections.

Final approval of “significant state developments” rests with Planning Minister Anthony Roberts.


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