The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has taken more samples in the waterbodies downstream of the Brou waste management facility, including at Whittakers Creek, following community concern, and test results show no evidence of leachate.
Meanwhile, the Eurobodalla Shire Council has confirmed more pumping out of overflow dams below the landfill has happened following the recent heavy rain of more than 100mm earlier this month.
“Following the recent rain, the council is using a pump out truck to transport the water from the leachate dam at Brou landfill to Kianga or Moruya sewage treatment plants. This is standard operating procedure,” a council spokesperson said.
EPA director South and West Gary Whytcross said given community concern, the EPA undertook further testing of water and sediment quality in Whittakers Creek and the waterbodies downstream of the waste facility.
“The EPA sampled seven sites downstream from the Brou waste facility and found no evidence of contamination,” Mr Whytcross said.
The samples were tested at the Office of Environment and Heritage laboratories for a comprehensive range of pollutants including hydrocarbons, heavy metals, nutrients, pesticides and herbicides.
The latest tests confirmed:
“This means that the water quality is suitable for activities including swimming, the production of aquatic foods for human consumption and stock drinking water,” Mr Whytcross said.
The EPA’s investigation also found no evidence of leachate from the waste facility in the groundwater.
The groundwater monitoring network for the landfill was developed to take into account the local hydrogeological and groundwater flow conditions. The EPA is satisfied that the current groundwater network is appropriate to detect any pollution of groundwater, should it occur.
Mr Whytcross noted that the EPA is requiring the Eurobodalla Shire Council to refine the monitoring program at the Brou waste management facility. This will include a requirement to test all storm water overflows for a comprehensive range of pollutants and testing of the farm dam.
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