Landfill Environmental Monitoring and Pollution Incident Response
Environment Protection Licence
Cessnock Waste and Reuse Centre (Council's landfill) operates in accordance with an Environment Protection Licence (EPL), administered by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The licence requires Council to have a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP) and perform certain environmental monitoring to ensure the landfill is having minimal impact on the environment.
A full copy of our licence is available on the NSW EPA's website.
What is monitored?
Both ground and surface water is monitored. Any rain water that percolates through the landfill is collected and contained in a leachate pond which is tested quarterly. The ground water is tested to ensure that leachate is not migrating into surrounding ground water systems. A map of the landfill and corresponding monitoring bores and sample points are detailed in the site map below.
Under the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Amendment Act 2011, Licensees are required to publish pollution monitoring data that has been collected as a result of a licence condition. This obligation applies to monitoring conducted after 31 March 2010.
This spreadsheet summarises licence requirements and monitoring results collected from 31 March 2012. Data is updated quarterly.
Pollution Incident Response Management Plan
Licensees are also required to prepare and implement a pollution incident response management plans for each licensed activity, in accordance with the requirements set out in Part 5.7A of the Protection Of the Environment Operations Act. The Pollution Incident Response Management Plan for Cessnock Waste and Reuse Centre is available here.