EPA invites Brooklyn residents to discuss odour, dust pollution

People living in and nearby Brooklyn can talk about ongoing efforts to improve air quality with Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) officers, local council and industry representatives at the upcoming Brooklyn Open House event.

EPA encourages the Brooklyn community to attend the event on 6 March 2019 at the Brooklyn Community Hall.

The Open House event is a great opportunity for residents to meet with EPA air quality experts and discuss what is being done to improve air quality for Brooklyn.

While EPA has been encouraged by a significant drop in local odour reports, EPA Metro Manager Dan Hunt says that there is still a way to go.

“EPA is continuously focused on improving Brooklyn’s air quality.

“This year we’ve had great results with our new Tactical Response to addressing odour, by proactively deploying our field staff on high risk days.

“We have also developed a new action plan which addresses the most significant contributors to dust pollution”, Mr Hunt said.

At the Open House, experts from EPA’s Applied Sciences Directorate will share recent annual monitoring results and discuss their efforts towards improving air quality for Brooklyn.

The event will also again feature EPA’s popular “odour booth”, an interactive activity giving residents an opportunity to help identify the types of odours most frequently detected in the Brooklyn residential area.

The Open House will include representatives from local industry and Brimbank, Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay Councils.

Mr Hunt says that “EPA will continue to work with councils, industries and the Brooklyn community to regulate industrial sites to help minimise pollution”.

EPA staff are eager to meet with Brooklyn residents to hear perspectives on how EPA can keep you informed of the latest air quality readings, warnings and improvement works.

EPA will also share information about the regulatory powers that will come into force next year, with the enactment of a reformed Environment Protection Act.

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