No PFAS for McLaren Vale

Published on 25 February 2021

No PFAS for McLaren Vale

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has knocked back an application for PFAS-contaminated waste to be disposed of at McLaren Vale following council and community opposition.

A year ago Southern Waste ResourceCo (SWR) sought EPA approval to add per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of contaminated wastes it is licensed to receive at the McLaren Vale landfill.

Council and community opposition had centred on risks risks to health and food and wine production from the chemicals.

Today, the EPA said after a rigorous assessment process, it would not approve the application because the board considered “an unacceptable level of risk remained”.

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