The toxic waste of a landfill in the Northern Territory may contain toxic chemicals.
Key points:The landfill is owned by a private company in the NTBut the government has ordered a report into the landfill’s health and environmental impactThe government says the landfill is part of a larger project in the areaThe waste could be stored at a landfill site in Victoria, which is a part of the large-scale Victoria Waste Management Project (VWMP)A company in Northern Territory owns the landlady of the landfill, which has been under the care of a private contractor for the past five years.
The landfill in Port Macquarie is one of a number of large- scale waste sites being built in the Territory, which will involve an additional $400 million in funding over the next 10 years.
But environmental groups have criticised the process and say the waste could contain toxic chemical pollutants.
They say the government should not have required a toxic waste report.
The landlaker’s partner, who does not wish to be named, says they were shocked by the landfill site.
“I didn’t realise there was such a huge waste site on the land,” he said.
“We have had several conversations with the land manager about it and it’s not clear what the waste is.”
It could be all the plastic bottles and stuff that is thrown away from the landfill.
“The landfill site was originally owned by the state’s former waste management agency, but the owner was not involved in the project and has since been transferred to a private organisation.
The state Government is expected to release a final report into health and safety at the landfill on March 1.
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