Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has granted a Works Approval for the construction of a new rendering plant at HW Greenham & Sons Pty Ltd’s Tongala abattoir.
The rendering plant will process approximately 110,000kg of raw material a day converting by-product from animal processing into tallow and meat-meal.
The high temperature plant will have lower wastewater concentrations and emissions than a conventional low temperature plant.
The plant is expected to generate 60,000L of wastewater a day which will be treated at the premise’s existing wastewater treatment plant prior to discharge to the Goulburn Valley Water Treatment Plant, under a trade waste agreement.
EPA assessed the application for the site and considered the matters raised by the one public submission on the proposal.
EPA has granted the works approval with strict odour, noise and stormwater protection controls and reporting conditions.
The rendering plant also requires a planning permit from Campaspe Shire Council before HW Greenham & Sons can begin construction.
Works approvals are issued by EPA under the Environment Protection Act 1970. They are required for industrial and waste management activities that have the potential for significant environmental impact.
A works approval permits plant and equipment to be installed, the operation of which will result in one or more of:
- the discharge of waste to the environment
- an increase in, or alteration to, an existing discharge
- a change in the way waste is treated or stored.