26 September 2023

Landfill smell found to be harmless

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The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has stated that the latest analysis of air quality samples at the Cleanaway New Chum landfill site have not identified air pollutants that could damage human health.

The Department is undertaking enhanced air monitoring at the site with samples taken by officers over a two-day period with further detailed analysis and sampling planned over the coming days.

In a statement, the Department said a full air quality report and all results would be made available to the public on its website.

“DES is continuing daily inspections at Cleanaway to ensure the company addresses odour issues at its New Chum landfill site to reduce the impacts to the local community,” the Department said.

“The facility remains closed, and approximately 35ML of water remains on site.”

It said Cleanaway was required to continue to reduce water levels, which would assist on-site water treatment to be more effective in reducing odour.

“DES is ensuring disposal of the excess water is managed appropriately and is not being transferred to composting facilities in the Ipswich area.

“DES has issued two directions notices to Cleanaway to begin transferring water offsite and to continue to treat water onsite to reduce odours.”

The Department said its formal investigation of the odour issues from the site is continuing.

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