No welcome mat for explosives project

MAYFIELD and Stockton residents fighting a proposed $600 million ammonium nitrate plant on Kooragang Island have called on the government to reject the project.

It comes despite an environmental impact statement that says the project will not have any adverse impact on surrounding communities or the environment.

Independent technical studies were conducted for potential hazards and risks, noise, air quality, transport, flora and fauna. In relation to air quality, it says predicted emissions of nitrogen oxides, ammonia and particulate matter (smoke and dust) would fall within existing standards.

"Incitec Pivot also undertook a cumulative air quality impact assessment to assess the impact of the combined operation of the project and the expanded Orica facility on air quality in the area . . .," the statement says.

"Based on this assessment the potential for the project to result in adverse cumulative air quality impacts is considered to be low."

But Stockton Community Action Group spokesman Keith Craig said the project posed an unacceptable risk to surrounding communities.

"Incitec have blatantly ignored our requests to locate the plant elsewhere," he said.

"Nowhere in the world will you find two explosives plants, operating side-by-side, less than 800 metres from residents and three kilometres from a central business district. Governments and the Environment Protection Authority should not allow it."

The environmental impact statement will be on public exhibition until October 29.

Incitec Pivot will run community information sessions at:

● Stockton Senior Citizens Hall, Thursday, September 20. 1-4pm and 6-8pm.

● Mayfield Senior Citizens, Saturday, September 22, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.

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