Labor’s Member for Mount Druitt Edmond Atalla is calling the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to shut down the Bingo industries waste facility in Eastern Creek until it finds a permanent solution to the sickening smell in Minchinbury and surrounding areas.
More than 300 people filed complaints about a disgusting odour last month, with many claiming to be suffering from asthma attacks, nausea, headaches, vomiting and discomfort because of the stench emanating from Bingo Industries.
The EPA imposed restrictions on the waste company’s operations after an investigation by Blacktown City Council found it was responsible. A clean up order was issued but the deadline on April 27 lapsed with no plan to rectify the horrid smell.
Mr Atalla today gave notice at NSW Parliament of a motion calling on the EPA to commence legal action in the Land and Environment court to shut down the Bingo operation until a permanent solution is implemented.
He is also pushing for an air quality monitoring station at the Bingo site.
“This issue has been going on for more than 12 months and is having serious effects on the Minchinbury community, impacting on the health and wellbeing of residents,” Mr Atalla said.
“The EPA has only issued Bingo with an infringement of $577 for failing to comply with the clean-up notice. This is an absolute joke and confirms this matter isn’t being taken seriously enough. We need urgent action, this is about quality of life and the health of my constituents. “
Mr Atalla said the Berejiklian Government and Minister Kean need to take firm action to protect the community.
“We need strong leadership from this Government. That is why I moved this motion to shut down the Bingo Industries operation at Eastern Creek until the stench has been fixed.”