Research and soil testing in public areas
PKC engaged expert environmental consulting firm Senversa to identify areas of Port Kembla that may have been affected by historical smelter operations. Senversa conducted detailed research and literature reviews and testing of more than 85 soil samples collected from public areas of Port Kembla. This testing identified some smelter-related soil contamination and established a zone for further investigation.
Consultation with regulators
After the results of initial testing were received, they were shared with EPA, NSW Health, Wollongong City Council and an independent expert Site Auditor. With oversight from these regulators, a plan for additional testing – including testing of private properties – was established. This plan meets relevant industry and Australian standards.
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Testing private properties
With the written consent of owners and occupiers, Senversa will conduct testing of about 30 properties within the further investigation zone.
PKC and Senversa will work with EPA, NSW Health, Wollongong City Council (WCC), and the independent expert Site Auditor to analyse the results and identify any additional testing that might be required. It will take between three and six months from the beginning of testing private properties to complete this analysis.
If necessary, PKC will conduct additional testing at the selected properties and / or other properties within the further investigation zone.
PKC will work with EPA, NSW Health, WCC, property owners and occupants, and the independent expert Site Auditor to determine the appropriate response to testing results.
If necessary, PKC will conduct appropriate remediation, with the written consent of property owners and occupiers.