Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has issued the proprietors of the Ballarat Saleyards with a new remedial notice, in response to ongoing reports of odour affecting nearby residential areas of Miners Rest.
EPA South West Regional Manager Carolyn Francis said the EPA remedial notice follows one issued in October 2018 that required improved cleaning methods. The company complied with the requirements of that notice and it was subsequently revoked.
“The new notice deals with odour assessment; and requires that modelling be updated to use actual measured odour emission rates from this site, obtained during the commissioning period,” she said.
“The measured site odour emission rates are noticeably higher than the estimates used in the 2016 assessment and the modelling will indicate how much the emission rates may contribute to offsite odours.
“The new remedial notice requires that by 17 June 2019, CVLX supply to EPA an updated odour impact assessment, adopting odour emissions rates based on odour samples collected in 2019. “
EPA officers conducted odour surveillance in nearby streets on 10 April 2019; they found a moderate to strong odour of sheep manure, and confirmed it was attributable to operations at the saleyards, which are run by Central Victorian Livestock Exchange (CVLX).
“Residents near the CVLX site continue to report that the odour that is affecting them is unreasonable. The newly issued remedial notice requires additional actions from the company, and should bring a resolution a step closer,” Ms Francis said.
“The work from the issuing of this remedial notice will drive an accountable Odour Management Plan to be developed that utilises accurate site-specific data, and drives improvements to minimise odour being discharged into the surrounding community.
“EPA is continuing to pursue a solution to the ongoing odour issues in Miners Rest and encourages residents of Miners Rest to report to EPA if they are impacted by offensive odour in a residential area by calling 1300 372 842. “