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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 107

Senator Brown asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 30 July 2004:

With reference to the proposal by the Victorian Government to develop a site for the storage of toxic industrial waste at Nowingi in the Victorian Mallee:

(1) Has the environmental impact study of the development been examined by the department; if so, has a report of the results of this examination been prepared.

(2) If a report has been prepared, does this report indicate whether there is any significant risk of toxic waste leaching from the waste dump into the nearby Murray River.

(3) If the department has not yet reached a conclusion as to whether there is a significant risk of pollution of the Murray River by toxic chemicals leaking from the site, does it intend to do so.

Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) The Victorian Government referred the proposal under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 on 20 July 2004. My Department determined that the proposal is a controlled action on 18 August 2004. The proposal will need to go through a comprehensive public assessment process before it can be considered for approval.

(2) See above.

(3) See above.