Draft terms of reference have been prepared and a panel appointed for an independent Inquiry into the proposed facility in Hume which would convert waste plastic to liquid fuel.
“Work has taken place over the last couple of weeks to prepare comprehensive draft terms of reference to guide the Inquiry into the Hume proposal,” Dorte Ekelund, Director-General, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development said.
“These cover aspects such as reviewing the proposed technology, identifying and assessing risks, commenting on the suitability of the proposed site and assessing the methodologies of the reports commissioned by Foy Group in relation to public health matters.”
Ms Ekelund said the terms of reference will be finalised in conjunction with the appointed panel.
“I am pleased we’ve been able to appoint Craig Lamberton as the Chair of the panel. Mr Lamberton is very highly qualified for the role. He spent 24 years in the NSW Environment Protection Authority where he was most recently the Director of Hazardous Incidents and Environment Health. He has spent 12 years as the Chairman of the NSW Radiation Advisory Council and has a wealth of other relevant educational qualifications and practical experience.
“We also have appointed Dr Stephen Christley to the panel who has extensive experience in public health. He was Executive Director of Public Health and Clinical Coordination and then the inaugural Chief Public Health Officer for South Australia. He also worked as the Chief Executive Officer in three different area health services in NSW.
“The panel will seek expert advice throughout the Inquiry from specific areas as they deem necessary. Another panel member may also be appointed.
“The Hume facility proposes new technology so it’s critical a thorough assessment is undertaken of the proposal to see if there are any potential issues, particularly around public health and the environment. I’m pleased Foy Group has been supportive to this process taking place.
“There will also be a public hearing process held as part of the Inquiry and a secretariat will be in place for members of the public to contact the panel. More details will be announced once the panel is finalised.”
Ms Ekelund said the panel will start work next month with a report finalised by the end of April 2017 for the Government to consider.
More information, including the draft terms of reference, is available through www.planning.act.gov.au
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