Environmental Issues

Environment protection licences

Non-Compliance detail


  
Summary
 
Licence number: 2148
Annual Return Start: 21 Jul 2006
Annual Return End: 20 Jul 2007
Date Received: 20 Sep 2007
 
Licence Condition numberType of non-complianceEPA actionsNo. of times occurred
L3.3 Dioxin/furan level in GTP stack emissions exceeded licemce limits for 7 of the 24 tests conducted. NOx and TSP levels exceeded limits on 1 occasion each. Appropriate Action taken by licensee 7
M2.1 Approved sampling frequency and units of measure not used in assessing compliance. Approved method for H2S, VOCs not used in assessing compliance. Temperature measurements at Point 16 have not always been reliable or accurate. EPA has written to licensee regarding non-compliance and relevant action 1
L3.3 Ammonica levels in GTP treated water discharged to stormwater exceeded Licence limits for 19 of the 41 samples tested; pH readings exceeded limits for 10 of the 41 samples; BOD on one occasion; and Total Nitrogen on two occasions. Penalty Notice issued 19
M6.1 Flow measurements at Point 16 have not always been reliable or accurate. S.58 notice being negotiated to change licence conditions(s) 1
L3.3 Some correctly reported temperatures at Point 16 did not comply with the approved temperature range. S.58 notice being negotiated to change licence conditions(s) 1
M2.1 Conductivity measurements at Point 15 have not always been conducted using an on-line instrument. EPA has written to licensee regarding non-compliance and relevant action 1
O1.1 GTP Co emissions exceeded licence limits during start up. Boiler sight glass failed at GTP, releasing steam with some noise. Appropriate Action taken by licensee 1
L1.1 Minor raw groundwater spill to Foreshore Road due to leaky pump non-return valve at the Secondary Containment Area. Appropriate Action taken by licensee 1
L3.3 Oxidised nitrogen levels in treated water discharged to stormwater exceeded Licence limits. Appropriate Action taken by licensee 1
O1.1 Acidic effluent from GTP overflowed two occasions. Recovered & pumped to BIP site effluent system. None reached off-stormwater drains. Appropriate Action taken by licensee 2
L3.2 GTP CO emissions exceeded Licence limits during start-up. Appropriate Action taken by licensee 1
O1.1(b) Load of waste sulphuric acid from ChlorAlkali Plant rejected by Veolia, Unanderra after being dispatched without being booked in. Appropriate Action taken by licensee 1
O1.1 Minor raw groundwater spill to Foreshore Road due to leaky pump non-return valve at the Secondary Containment Area (1 occasion) and biological attack on pipwork (1 occasion) Appropriate Action taken by licensee 1
E3.1 Environmental Assessment (EA) for Car Park Waste Encapsulation remediation not submitted to Dept Planning til July07. EA was on public exhibit from 26 July to 31 August. Remediation can't commence until proposal assessed & approved. S.58 notice being negotiated to change licence conditions(s) 1
L6.4 Calculated acoustic emission from the GTP to the nearest affected residences exceed the limits imposed by L6.4. A calculated average contribution of 47dB(A) compared to limit 35dB(A) L Aeq 15 mins. Appropriate Action taken by licensee 1
L3.6 Operating the Thermal Oxidiser at 900 degrees C, which is below the lower licence limit of 950, as part of the Commissioning Plan for dioxin minimisation. Administrative non-compliance - licensee advised of required action 1
L3.6/7 Operating Heat Exchanger E6103 such that the 'temperature combined' was below the licence limit of 450 degrees C and 'Temperature individual' was below licence limit of 420 degrees during and separate to "Commissioning trials for dioxin minimisation" Administrative non-compliance - licensee advised of required action 1
L1.1 L1.1 requires complliance with s120 of POEO Act. Orica notes discharge of chloramine at Point 11 during period, prior to licnece limit being set for total residual chlorine, may fall within the reporting requirements of Part C of the Annual Return S.58 notice being negotiated to change licence conditions(s) 1
E12 Licensee failed to submit independent auditor's report with Annual Return, as per requirements of E12. Annual return due by 19 Sep 07. Draft (incomplete) auditor's report submitted 8 Oct 07 and final submitted 7 Dec 07. Penalty Notice issued 1