EPA extends Laverton waste to energy submission period

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has extended the public submission period to 4 September 2019 for a Works Approval application for a proposed waste to energy plant at Laverton North.

On Monday night (19 August), EPA held an information session with the project proposers, Recovered Energy Australia (REA), which drew a large turnout from the local community and interested stakeholders.

REA, proposes to develop a waste-to-energy facility to process 200,000 tonnes/year of source separated residual municipal solid waste. The proposed facility is to be located at 28 Alex Fraser Drive, Laverton North VIC 3026 and would deliver approximately 15 MW of electricity to the grid. REA wants to divert municipal solid waste currently destined for landfill to the new facility. The proposal utilises a modular system of vertical rotary thermal gasifiers, and is classified under legislation as a scheduled premises requiring a Works Approval and Licence.

EPA will assess the proposal against all relevant environmental policies and guidelines and look at any potential environmental and human health impacts that could result from the proposed facility.

Separate from a possible EPA Works Approval, REA has secured a planning permit from Wyndham City Council to construct and operate the proposed facility.

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