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EPA impressed

Friday, 12th April, 2019

The NSW EPA Board (from left) Elizabeth Wild, Chris Knoblanche, Acting Chair and CEO Mark Gifford, Michael Renie and Julie Savet Ward. PICTURE: Emily McInerney The NSW EPA Board (from left) Elizabeth Wild, Chris Knoblanche, Acting Chair and CEO Mark Gifford, Michael Renie and Julie Savet Ward. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

The NSW EPA Board said it was impressed with the measures in place to protect Broken Hill’s environment.

The Board was in the city visiting key environmental sites and discussing local issues with its partner organisations, community representatives and industry. 

EPA Acting Chair and CEO, Mark Gifford, said it was good for the board to get out to country locations.

“In this case it is Broken Hill where there are a lot of actions the EPA are involved in,” Mr Gifford said.

He said they met the team from the Environmental Lead Program which is funded and administered by the EPA but delivered by locals.

“We also spent the morning visiting mine sites and saw first-hand the operations and controls in place to protect the environment and community.

“Perilya mine, in particular, has controls in place to maintain dust management, they work in enclosed sheds, have water suppression and have tarred their roads.

“They also take measures to ensure potential noise impacts are mitigated.”

Mr Gifford said the board was also visiting Channing’s Bottle Yard to inspect the automated depot that runs the “return and earn” deposit scheme.

“The board is pleased to be in Broken Hill,” he said. “For some it is their first visit.

“The town has some fascinating sites and we’ve received a warm welcome.

“We will finish up our visit by meeting with key members of the community, local industry and Council.”

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