Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Environmental department to monitor Cootamundra cleanup - ABC Riverina NSW - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Environmental department to monitor Cootamundra cleanup - ABC Riverina NSW - Australian Broadcasting Corporation: "Niall Johnson from the Office of Environment said neighbours have received letters saying the removal of thousands of tonnes of contaminated soil will release unpleasant odours.
A Cootamundra Shire Council spokesman said all the soil should be dug up and stockpiled on site for treatment by the end of the week, but the work to bioremediate the soil is expected to take up to six months.
Mr Johnson said the odours should not last that long.
'So it's important for people to be aware of that but we'll do our utmost to ensure those odours are minimised,' he said.
'When the gasworks were in operation, old timers may be aware of the smells that were there, there'll be a bit of that smell, just periodic hopefully it'll be a fairly limited amount of odour.
'It's a first in New South Wales for this biomass type technology, so we will be watching it.
'We'll of course be watching it becaue of our concerns in relation to the odour and making sure the community is not exposed to unnecessary odours for extended periods of time, so we'll keep a close eye on it.'"

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