No PFAS for McLaren Vale
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has knocked back an application for PFAS-contaminated waste to be disposed of at McLaren Vale following council and community opposition.
A year ago Southern Waste ResourceCo (SWR) sought EPA approval to add per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of contaminated wastes it is licensed to receive at the McLaren Vale landfill.
Council and community opposition had centred on risks risks to health and food and wine production from the chemicals.
Today, the EPA said after a rigorous assessment process, it would not approve the application because the board considered “an unacceptable level of risk remained”.
“While Southern Waste ResourceCo had proposed best practice engineering measures in its application, the Board considered an unacceptable level of risk remained,” said EPA Chief Executive Tony Circelli.
“In addition the Board noted that the uncertainties about the nature of PFAS, and intergenerational considerations dictated the need for a precautionary approach.”
City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson congratulated the community for the win.
“This is a great win for our communities and our world-class wine region, and a prime example of what we can achieve when we work together,” she said.